Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 22:57 UTC, submitted by Panajev
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation is up in arms over Apple's iTunes Store Terms of Service, suggesting that these terms fundamentally conflict with the terms of the GNU Public License. The foundation has warned Apple that a version of GNU Go distributed by the App Store makes Apple liable to comply with GPL terms that allow free sharing of code, but warned that its 'Usage Rules' violate those terms. The fallout could potentially affect any app that uses GPLed code."
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Would not be an issue if...
by Moochman on Sun 30th May 2010 14:57 UTC
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This wouldn't be an issue if Apple would just allow the users to install whatever they want from outside the app store.

Even if they did come up with a halfway workable way to make the app store "compatible" with the GPL, it doesn't change the fact that the principles of the GPL and the FSF are pretty much the opposite of those of the app store. The FSF is all about the ability of everyone to share apps all they want, and to run whatever they feel like, and to mess around with system internals to your hearts content. Do that with an iPhone and you're technically breaking the law.

Apple really needs to pull their head out of their ass and realize that the world does not revolve around them. They should not be criminalizing the right of the consumer to do what they want with their device.

Edited 2010-05-30 15:02 UTC

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