Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 8th Jan 2011 19:28 UTC, submitted by sjvn
GNU, GPL, Open Source Some people swore to me that just because the free-software General Public License (GPL) clashes with the Apple App Store's Terms of Service (ToS), didn't mean that Apple would actually pull down GPLed apps. Well, Apple just did. Remi Denis-Courmont, a Linux developer of the popular VLC media player, has just announced that Apple had pulled the popular GPLed VLC media player from its App Store.
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Typical Apple, don't be surprised...
by cmost on Sat 8th Jan 2011 21:15 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

I'm not sure how many times it needs to be said: when you "purchase" an Apple product, you don't really own it. You merely are permitted to use it at the discretion of Apple and in accordance with all of its associated services and terms to which you agree when you buy into a vendor as locked-in as Apple. So even though you're paying thousands of dollars more for what is basically a mediocre Intel PC painted a pretty white or silver; or a media player, you definitely don't own it nor are you allowed to use it as you see fit. You'll use it how Apple sees fit and like it! Sorry. If you want GPL, open technologies, and a vendor that lets you enjoy its products without breathing down your neck then choose Linux and Android. Sure, maybe these technologies aren't as pretty or up to Apple's standards...yet, but give them a chance. A wise man once said: "Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave."

Edited 2011-01-08 21:18 UTC

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melgross Member since:
2005-08-12

This is also true for GPL software. It's true of ALL software sold, or free that's published under ANY license. Don't think you're so smart.

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cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

This is also true for GPL software. It's true of ALL software sold, or free that's published under ANY license. Don't think you're so smart.


I was speaking of the hardware...

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FellowConspirator Member since:
2007-12-13

This is true of all software, not just Apple. In fact, it's true of your digital media too. Buy a Blu-Ray disc at Best Buy? Well, you're buying a license to use it on a licensed playback device for personal purposes and home viewing in a specific geographic region...

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vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Is there also a region for Blu-Ray? I thought I read somewhere that they had stopped that practice...

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polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

Let's not forget that this is the case with nearly any commercial software, not just Apple.

Oh wait; it's just more fun to demonize Apple these days, isn't it?

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