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.
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RE[9]: No violation
by lemur2 on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: No violation"
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"Blaming the Apple app store for imposing restrictions would be no different than claiming that the Ubuntu software store violated the GPL because there isn't a link to download the source code for each app available,

... but their is.

Ubuntu provides a "Sources" repository as well as a binary repository.

Each repository is in a pair ... Main and Main Sources, Security and Security Sources, Updates and Updates Sources.

Binary repositories, as well as the corresponding source repositories.

So much for that assertion. Shot down in flames.

Your opinion is complete nonsense, I didn't say anything about a source repository not being available, I simply compared two app stores in the same context.

You said, and I quote, "because there isn't a link to download the source code for each app available" ... but there IS in fact such a link provided, so there is no comparison.

However, by your own comment, you have made the case that neither Applidium nor Apple are at fault here because Applidium provides a link to the VLC project on their home page which leads to the source.

As has been pointed out many times, merely providing a link to source code is insufficient. It is necessary, but insufficient. In order to have permission to distribute applications which are licensed under the GPL, one has to meet all of the conditions of the GPL. Provision of source code is but one of the conditions.

Way to go, you have managed to deflate your own argument.

Hardly. What my post showed is that Ubuntu provides source code for all of its applications in the Ubuntu repositories. However, Ubuntu do not ONLY meet that condition ... unlike the App Store, Ubuntu also meet other conditions of the GPL, such as the fact that Ubuntu place no extra restrictions on recipients. Recipients of Ubuntu code get it with exactly the same conditions as Ubuntu got it from Debian in the first place. UNLIKE the App Store.

Edited 2010-11-02 07:01 UTC

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