The long, sordid tale of Sun RPC, abbreviated somewhat, to protect the guily and the irresponsible.
Aug 27, 2010, 20:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Callaway)
"The problem is that this license is clearly non-free, it places
restrictions on distribution. Now, Debian has known about this
concern for a while now, since 2002, to be precise, as you can see
here: Debian Bug 181493 Fedora caught this when we first started
doing serious license audits, circa 2005.
"So, what do you do about this? As a distribution, your options
"1) Pull out the non-free code. This means you don't support
NFS, most notably.
"2) Replace the non-free code. The big problem here is that the
Sun RPC implementation was pretty much the standard RPC
implementation on *nix. There were some others, but switching to
them would have been really, really, painful.
"3) Try to get the code relicensed, and keep it until that