Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Jul 2009 21:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Earlier this year, it became known that the Palm Pre, engineered by a number of ex-Apple engineers, could interface with Apple's iTunes as if it was an iPod. Everybody more or less expected Apple to block the Pre from syncing with iTunes, but I don't think any of us had anticipated just how forthright Apple would be about it.
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RE[2]: Is it just me or...
by itanic on Thu 16th Jul 2009 07:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Is it just me or..."
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* OpenGL
* OpenAL
* MPEG4/AAC/H264
* Opened up the Quicktime container format


Apple contributed to the development of those in a significant way how, exactly?


That doesn't include the numerous bits of code they give back to the numerous projects they pull code from - so compared to Microsoft, it is like night and day.


You mean while kicking and screaming, when they were legally obligated to? Apple's most meaningful contribution to opensource is using it. Code contributions, not so much. Not that there's anything wrong with that; for the BSD world, that's good enough.

Apple cannot be compared to major contributors like Sun who actually voluntarily opened up entire projects/products which brought significant value to the open source community at large. If you're going to paint companies as night and day, it's pretty clear which side Apple would be on.

http://www.apple.com/opensource/

Taking a look at this page, it's clear to see that Apple's contributions are more marketing than substance. Furthermore, their suggestion that they created many of these projects is just downright misleading.

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