Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th May 2011 21:46 UTC
Apple Apple has released the source code for WebKit in iOS 4.3, which it had been withholding for eight weeks. However, according yo Jay 'saurik' Freeman, they are still not, and never have been, in compliance with the LGPL. "Apple's provided source code (which /is/ heavily modified for the iPhone) [...] isn't even complete enough to compile (it is missing a bunch of code for the WAK* classes), so Apple has simply never been in compliance with this license," Saurik writes. So, it would seem that Apple is still violating the LGPL, and has been doing so for a very long time. Funny how this never makes it to mainstream technology sites. I guess they find their pre-release review devices more important.
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by Carewolf on Mon 9th May 2011 22:25 UTC
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This is getting silly. I love messing with the heads of Apple's fanhoes as much as anybody, but I have to defend Apple here, this is a non-story.

That fact that the shipped tar-balls does not compile does prove they are violating the LGPL.

When talking about WebCore I see nothing missing. What appears to be a problem here is that the iOS version doesn't ship with platform- or application-bindings.

Being LGPL the library is allowed to link to closed source binaries, so is it allowed to link to unpublished APIs?? - I don't know. It would probably be against GPLv3, but LGPLv2?? I am not a lawyer, but I don't think so.

To be honest, I haven't even noticed the source should have been delayed, it is all there in Git, and has been there the whole time. As long back as two months ago I based some of my work on changes Apple made for iOS 4.3.

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