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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RE[6]: That isn't quite right
by vivainio on Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: That isn't quite right"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

And I don't think that Apple will lose. Nor the "more open ecosystems" will thrive. Average Joe just lost the app and he won't even know about it. The hole will be covered by other apps. That's all.


Yeah, no long term harm done. Apart from the developers that ported the software over to iOS, I bet they are not happy with this turn of events. Next time, look before you leap ;-).

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RE[7]: That isn't quite right
by tetek on Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:14 in reply to "RE[6]: That isn't quite right"
tetek Member since:
2010-10-04

The true is that vlc developers could grant mobileVLC for example BSD license. Or GPL without that one rule about distribution. It would be an act of good will.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

The true is that vlc developers could grant mobileVLC for example BSD license. Or GPL without that one rule about distribution. It would be an act of good will.


They would need to track everyone that ever contributed to vlc and get their permission. That's the power of GPL, that also prevents Linux from being misappropriated.

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RE[8]: That isn't quite right
by JrezIN on Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:55 in reply to "RE[7]: That isn't quite right"
JrezIN Member since:
2005-06-29

It's better just to release the app through a more open distribution channel, like Cydia in iOS' case.

Also, it's better in the long run to the end users, not losing their rights over a distribution channel that's not open to this kind of apps. Let competition decide.

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RE[8]: That isn't quite right
by pafcu on Sun 9th Jan 2011 08:33 in reply to "RE[7]: That isn't quite right"
pafcu Member since:
2010-09-14

An act of good will to some users. An act of "screw you" to many contributors who want their code to be GPL because they have long-term visions instead of being blinded by the latest iToy. (I'm not a GPL fan, but I respect other peoples opinions)

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