"Some ancient source code given away freely by Sun in 1984
turned out to have a non-Free-software licence all these years,
upsetting the licensing purity of glibc and everything built with
"This may come as a shock, but all GNU/Linux distributions to
date have been built with essential software under a licence that
clearly meets neither the Open Source Definition nor the Free
Software Foundations' requirements for a Free software licence. The
tenacity of a Red Hat hacker has finally solved this problem for
everyone, however, and I'm proud to have played a part too.
"One of the long-running projects I had at Sun was to get the
(pre-GPL, permissive) license on Sun RPC changed. Why would that
interest anyone? Well, the code in question is the original
implementation of Sun RPC, which went on to become RFC 1057 and
today is a core part of every UNIX-family operating system.
Including Debian GNU/Linux and Fedora, both keen to be 100%