Even if by the time the FSF gets around to it they’re no longer being sold?
Maybe if they had a mechanism similar to “patent pending” so that there was a way to confirm the certification had been submitted and progress could be monitored from the outside?
I just don’t see how a certification that takes so many years can really be relevant.
I doubt this has any meaningful impact, and advocates for the product to bring value to the cert rather than the cert to bring value to the product.
I agree that the goals are worth supporting and striving for, but if a product is only certified at the end of its life cycle then it isn’t advertising the cert, the cert isn’t bringing value to the company producing the product, and in turn the certification also isn’t bringing value to the customer (the manufacturer is doing that of their own valition).