Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th May 2011 22:13 UTC
Apple We've had an immense hubbub about the delay in the source code release of Honeycomb, which led to a storm of critique being sent Google's way. Turns out there's another company withholding source code, and this time it's Apple. They have stopped releasing the LGPL source code for WebKit in iOS since iOS 4.3.0, released about 8 weeks ago. Turns out - this isn't the first time Apple has refused to release (L)GPL'd code. It took them six months to release the required GPL source code for iOS 4.1.
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People asked for it, but Apple refused. They just didn't get sued yet.

I have asked for a replacement for a faulty induction cooktop we were supplied - that was six weeks ago and it hasn't yet arrived. That doesn't mean I've been refused, it simply means there are internal processes they need to follow in order to make it happen. Unless there is a timeframe for the supply of the source code specifically quoted in the license Apple will simply argue that they're following their internal procedures for such a release.

As mentioned in another post this is a storm in a teacup - no more than Thom trying to muddy the waters.

The difference between this and the Honeycomb release is that Google have openly stated they are never going to release the source code in it's current form - in other words they are NEVER going to release the source code for what's running on devices that have been sold sporting that code and which claims to be opensource, which makes that situation FAR worse than this one despite the way some of you want to try to colour it...

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