Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Feb 2011 20:33 UTC, submitted by Radio
Windows Well, well, well. We all know Apple's App Store policies are incompatible with the GPL, and as such, software using this license can't be distributed in the App Store. So, what about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace? Well, whereas the App Store doesn't specifically mention the GPL (Apple's terms are simply incompatible), Microsoft drops the pretence and simply bans GPL and GPL-esque licenses outright.
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RE[4]: Solution?
by james_parker on Thu 17th Feb 2011 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Solution?"
james_parker
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How is it a burden?

Microsoft could accept the source code from the upstream provider, check that it compiles & runs properly, put the source code on a separate server and the binary DRM'd installable app in the app store (thereby being fuuly compliant with the GPLv3 license requirements), and provide their WP7 users with more free choice for almost no cost to Microsoft.

This is a lot easier than a commercial third party app, where Microsoft has to work out revenue sharing with the provider.


Revenue sharing decisions are made by non-engineers, and in most cases will be boiler-plate.

This would add:

1) The need to identify which products required/offered source code to be publicly available.

2) Creating a process for uploading, backing up, and downloading the source code.

3) If there were a step to verify that the source matched the binaries, engineers would be required to obtain the tool chain and libraries needed to re-create the environment in which the original binaries were created.

This is effort. This requires that distributors adapt their processes to the provider, rather than set terms that the provider must meet. This is a cost to the distributor, one which a distributor can reasonably object to taking on.

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