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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Would not be an issue if...
by Moochman on Sun 30th May 2010 14:57 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

This wouldn't be an issue if Apple would just allow the users to install whatever they want from outside the app store.

Even if they did come up with a halfway workable way to make the app store "compatible" with the GPL, it doesn't change the fact that the principles of the GPL and the FSF are pretty much the opposite of those of the app store. The FSF is all about the ability of everyone to share apps all they want, and to run whatever they feel like, and to mess around with system internals to your hearts content. Do that with an iPhone and you're technically breaking the law.

Apple really needs to pull their head out of their ass and realize that the world does not revolve around them. They should not be criminalizing the right of the consumer to do what they want with their device.

Edited 2010-05-30 15:02 UTC

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RE: Would not be an issue if...
by bnolsen on Sun 30th May 2010 22:25 in reply to "Would not be an issue if..."
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

you do need to balance the open part with a working phone. The above policy if followed strictly would surely drive apple into bankruptcy over support costs.

I'm not sure what the best model is for these types of special purpose devices.

Edited 2010-05-30 22:27 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


Apple really needs to pull their head out of their ass and realize that the world does not revolve around them. They should not be criminalizing the right of the consumer to do what they want with their device.


No you need to pull your head out of your own ass and realize that the vast majority of iphone users are satisfied with the iphone store. It has over 100k apps and almost all of them are under $5. Only a tiny minority cares about being able to install apps from a USB drive or web site.

If you don't like it then buy an Android. Like Stallman you need to accept that most proprietary software transactions are mutually beneficial. People want functionality, not ideology.

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gnufreex Member since:
2010-05-06

You need to get your head out of sand and look at the facts before posting pre-written anti-FSF propaganda.

Most sheeple liking iPhone store has nothing to do with this case. But all you want is to bash Stallman and FSF, so you probably did not even looked at what this is about.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Nothing you say shows any kind of benefit for the customer being criminalized just for choosing to install apps from outside of the app store.

That is all.

Edited 2010-05-31 18:04 UTC

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