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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RE: Just relax
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 07:33 UTC in reply to "Just relax"
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Remember than WebKit is mostly Apple code.


Even if this were true (I think that by now esp. Google have probably contributed a pretty big portion as well, aside from RIM, Nokia, Palm, etc. etc.) - so what? That doesn't give them the right to violate the open source license of the code they built WebKit on top of. You don't have to defend Apple like it's a frightened little puppy - they're a big-boy corporation now, and like everybody else, they must play by the rules. If they don't like the rules, they shouldn't be using LGPL code. As simple as that.

For now, Apple is in violation of the LGPL, but apparently, we all have to be super extra special nice to Apple because... I don't know, why, exactly? Can you imagine if Microsoft made the same violation? The internet would be in an uproar!

But not with Apple, because as usual, its fanbase is the most hypocritical, two-faced bunch of apologists.

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