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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 are:

"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 happens."

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