Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:10 UTC
Apple Do you like VLC on your iPhone or iPad? You don't yet have it installed, but want to? Well, then you'd better be quick about it, as some VLC contributors are unhappy with the fact that VLC is distributed through Apple's App Store, violating the GPL the video player is licensed under. At least, that's what some think.
Thread beginning with comment 448037
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
This can't be about freedom and principles
by hyko_l on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:43 UTC
hyko_l
Member since:
2010-11-01

So let me understand this:
- VideoLAN endorses the iPad port (since they link to it on their webpage)
- they offer it for free
- they link to the sources of the iPad port, which anyone can download, study and modify
- they even give you the binary in case you don't want to obtain it from the AppStore

And still, a developer doesn't like it because....what? Because you are restricted on distributing it to only 5 devices once you install it through AppStore? Although you can offer the link to anybody for free, as well as the same binary obtained from VideoLAN? How does this again limit my freedom?

I'm sorry, but this doesn't sound as a battle for users' rights and well-being, but more as somebody having a grudge against Apple and trying to prevent users from benefitting from this application on iOS devices.

Edited 2010-11-01 19:44 UTC

Reply Score: 0

TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

This demonstrates how it limits your freedom.
If it gets pulled, that link is meaningless.

I say better sooner than later.

Reply Parent Score: 1

hyko_l Member since:
2010-11-01

Yes, but the sources and the exact same binary are available from VideoLAN. I can save a copy on my harddrive and distribute the application forever (though the convenience of AppStore would be lost and people would need to use an alternate store, such as Cydia). But this is no different from a normal store. It's not like if I'd buy a GPL application at retail I could force the shop to keep it forever on the shelf, or force them to distribute my copy.

Reply Parent Score: 1