Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 22:57 UTC, submitted by Panajev
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation is up in arms over Apple's iTunes Store Terms of Service, suggesting that these terms fundamentally conflict with the terms of the GNU Public License. The foundation has warned Apple that a version of GNU Go distributed by the App Store makes Apple liable to comply with GPL terms that allow free sharing of code, but warned that its 'Usage Rules' violate those terms. The fallout could potentially affect any app that uses GPLed code."
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by gnufreex on Sat 29th May 2010 03:27 UTC in reply to "..."
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2010-05-06

IBM didn't sue any FLOSS project. (Yet)

I do not know what you are implying.

On topic: Apple Store policy is very clear: No Free Software. Just proprietary. They did not say with those words but that is what it means.

Someone trowed a jab at GPL, but no other FLOSS license is allowed either. Their policy is in conflict with Open Source Definition and Free Software definition. For BSD licensed code to be included in their store, it needs to be striped of BSD license and made proprietary, becase BSD license is also incompatible with 5 users limit. Only difference is that BSD license can be removed easily and users can be shafted even without original developers' knowledge. With GPL, you have to seek permission of copyright holder to do that, and in this case that is FSF; they not do such kind of deals.

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by Hiev on Sat 29th May 2010 03:30 in reply to "RE: ..."
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by gnufreex on Sat 29th May 2010 09:56 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
gnufreex Member since:
2010-05-06

Oh, that. IBM did not sued. They have proved to be enormous dickwads, but they did not sued and it is arguable if they even threatened. Read the letters. TH is the one who launched complaint to European Commission against IBM.

I would not say that IBM's stupidity was attack on open source. Even PJ of Groklaw (who is always on FLOSS side) said that TH guys are bunch of bozos.

Anyway, FSF have spoken against IBM number of times. This was non-issue.

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