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Re: Problems with ntp

On Wednesday 14 September 2005 10:03, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 01:07:30AM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> > I just discovered that the ntp source is a nest of licensing problems.
> >
> > The arlib subdir isn't distributable.
> > Neither is the entire libparse subdir, or anything else by Frank Kardel.
> >
> > I'm not actually sure it will build without these bits.
> >
> > So I guess NTP should be removed from Debian.  It's not very
> > maintained anyhow, having multiple RC bugs open for quite a while.
> What are you going to replace it with?  AFAIK, ntp is the only package
> we have in Debian which supports useful clock synchronization, which is
> essential for a number of other services (e.g., Kerberos).

I've never tested openntpd, but it is the obvious replacement in case of legal 
problems with ntp and it has been released with sarge.

> Obviously we can't ship non-distributable code, but I'm not going to
> remove ntp from testing just because it appears at first blush to be
> inconsistently licensed.  The maintainers should have a chance to clear
> up this question first.


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