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Re: Is the Sun RPC License DFSG-free?

Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> writes:

> Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> writes:
>> On Fri, Aug 22, 2003 at 06:39:47AM +0000, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
>>>           Sun RPC is a product of Sun Microsystems, Inc. and is
>>>           provided for unrestricted use provided that this legend is
>>>           included on all tape media and as a part of the software
>>             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>> That seems worse than the advertising clause.
> I'm not sure if they actually want you to print the notice on the
> cartridge.  But the license doesn't permit non-developers (mirror
> admins, for example) to distribute the code.
> Has anybody asked Sun for a clarification of the license, or tried to
> obtain the code under a different license?  Or maybe the FSF has
> obtained a suitable license and just forgot to update the copyright
> notice?

Sun has repeatedly clarified elsewhere that the intent of this is
essentially "MIT/X11, except you may not distribute this product


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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