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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Either way, I think the guy's purpose for saying that was to fire everyone up.

Possibly so. As you note, the poster didn't give any reason at all as to exactly why in his or her opinion one should avoid the GPL.

The very best way to point this out to casual readers, without calling anyone a liar or astroturfer, is to simply ask for that unstated reason.

If the original poster cannot come up with a reason, most readers are savvy enough to work out for themselves that the emporer had no clothes, and that it is absolutely fine to use GPL software.

IMO. Caveat: flamewars have started up before where I thought I had taken a sane approach. Not everyone follows civil rules of discourse.

Edited 2011-01-09 12:58 UTC

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