Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 8th Jan 2011 19:28 UTC, submitted by sjvn
GNU, GPL, Open Source Some people swore to me that just because the free-software General Public License (GPL) clashes with the Apple App Store's Terms of Service (ToS), didn't mean that Apple would actually pull down GPLed apps. Well, Apple just did. Remi Denis-Courmont, a Linux developer of the popular VLC media player, has just announced that Apple had pulled the popular GPLed VLC media player from its App Store.
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Just don't buy Apple's products.
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 8th Jan 2011 23:42 UTC
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Just don't buy an iPhone, iPad, or any other iThing Apple releases that relies exclusively on the "App Store" to obtain software. Problem solved. I can't say I'm surprised; wasn't this known to be one of the most likely and simplest of the few possible outcomes in this situation to begin with? Now if anything, to avoid making themselves look like asses again, Apple will probably be extra cautious or outright ignore requests for GPL-licensed software in the future.

To be honest... I can't blame them. This is an example where one developer of the program wants to see it succeed on Apple's portable devices, and another doesn't. And because Apple's terms of service is incompatible with the GPL, they're automatically going to just toss the GPL program before they would even consider lightening up their own terms. Anyone who didn't see this coming is blind.

Oh well, doesn't affect me--I will never own one of their stupid iGadgets.

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