Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:10 UTC
Apple Do you like VLC on your iPhone or iPad? You don't yet have it installed, but want to? Well, then you'd better be quick about it, as some VLC contributors are unhappy with the fact that VLC is distributed through Apple's App Store, violating the GPL the video player is licensed under. At least, that's what some think.
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RE[2]: Pull
by FrankenFuss on Mon 1st Nov 2010 22:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Pull"
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In the end, end users of iPhones/iPads/iPod touches don't give a rat's ass about the GPL, they'll just be pissed that they can't get the app anymore. That sends a negative message about open source software, in my opinion, and that's a shame.


It would be a shame. The binary-distribution controversy only applies to a very small, almost insignificant, few that want to uphold the GPL, no matter what the cost to the apps distribution and reputation. In the real world, most people would download the app from the App store from those machines, as needed. They just can't use iTunes for unlimited distribution. Again...only an insignificant few would care about this. But, if they want to press it...go ahead. Apple will just drop the apps and users will get something else.

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