NIS demoted to universe in Lucid Lynx

While preparing the next LTS release the Ubuntu Server team looked for packages that should be demoted to universe in order to ease the five year maintenance window that come with LTS releases. Discussion started during UDS and several requests for feedback have been sent  since then. Amongst the list of packages to be demoted to universe, the venerable nis package can be found.

The Network Information Service has been around for a long time – however its protocols are old and insecure by design for the current network environments. Better alternatives such as LDAP, Kerberos and DNS are available. That being said the package is still maintained in Debian and will be available from the universe repository in the next LTS release.

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