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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RE[4]: Comment by molnarcs
by molnarcs on Sun 8th May 2011 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by molnarcs"
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Thank you saynte. Yeah, that's exactly my problem - the two arguments do not fit. On one hand we have a claim that "Apple started with an open source project and created WebKit a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine". That is a blatant lie - and this is not the first time this happens. Can't find the other quote, but I recall them saying that they "opensourced" it - while in fact WebKit (when released, basically KHTML + a few Apple patches) was already GPL, and Apple had no choice but to comply with its terms. One of the reasons I mention this that by now, among fanboys, it's a well known fact that Apple gave the world WebKit - which is total BS.

On the other hand, we have an announcement by Google about their own browser, every single bit written by Google employees that happens to use WebKit as its rendering engine - and as saynte points out (and as I hinted at in my first reply) WebKit is a library. Rendering engines can be swapped out in all modern browsers. Case in point is Google Frame, that swaps out the rendering engine under IE, making it use the WebKit engine instead. Moreover, Google itself is a major contributor to WebKit, but they don't claim they have created it.

I hope this clarifies it for you. And for others who say Apple gives proper credit to KHTML and KDE - yeah, they do in documents only geeks read, but that doesn't get any press time. An open letter written by Apple's CEO does... The result? Apple giving Webkit to the world has become a well known "fact" among fans, and this is becoming harder and harder to dispute. I even heard people say that Google couldn't build Chrome without Apple. They certainly could. NOKIA built their maemo browser on KHTML before Apple forked it. Apple is just one among many contributors to Webkit, and certainly not its creator. And to get back to your google rant - again, that blog you link to is about Google's browser, which was written 100% Google, not WebKit (although they do say a big thanks to WebKit in their opening line).

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