Year 2000 Readiness Disclosure Statement for Red Hat Linux

Red Hat, Inc. is treating the Year 2000 issue very seriously as we realize how important it is to our users and customers. More specifically, we are committed to ensuring our customers can make the transition into the next millennium as smoothly as possible.

It has been an outstanding request of our partners, customers and users for us to more precisely state our Year 2000 readiness. Along with that statement, our customers and users have requested information concerning our plans to maintain Year 2000 readiness as we move to newer software releases.

We are continuing to investigate the compliance status of current and upcoming Red Hat Linux versions. We are committed to ensuring that ongoing testing will take place into the new year and we will release compliance fixes as the need arises in a timely fashion.

Our Year 2000 team will be pleased to provide all information as it is discovered. We do not plan to obtain independent testing of any Red Hat Linux versions prior to version 5.2, and those versions are not covered by our compliancy statement. Red Hat recommends that users of version 5.1 or older of Red Hat Linux upgrade to a newer version that has been tested for Year 2000 compliance. Users may upgrade at no charge at ftp.redhat.com.

We are pleased to disclose that the core system components of Red Hat Linux, versions 5.2 and 6.0, on Intel architecture have been independently certified as Year 2000 compliant. The Software Laboratory in the UK has performed extensive testing and copies of the test results can be found here in PDF and PS formats. The testing was limited to the core of the operating system. The vast majority of the software shipped in Red Hat Linux does not do date manipulations. Ongoing evaluations will continue to search for problems in the higher level user applications that are shipped as a part of Red Hat Linux.

For further problems associated with the Year 2000 readiness of Red Hat Linux, please contact the Year 2000 team at y2k@redhat.com. To eliminate any possible confusion, we are not able to certify compliancy of any third party applications designed to run on Red Hat Linux.

Red Hat's Definition of Year 2000 Compliant


"Year 2000 Compliant" means that products will not produce errors in the processing of date structures directly attributable to the year change from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. Date representation, including leap years, will be handled correctly when the software is used in accordance with its accompanying documentation.

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