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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Much ado about nothing
by wocowboy on Mon 10th Jan 2011 11:52 UTC
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2006-06-01

And in the end all this kerfuffle means absolutely nothing to 99.98% of iOS users in the end, who have several other means of playing VLC-capable content on our devices. We will let the supposedly "free software" people continue their intramural battle that shows quite clearly that their software is not "free" in any way, shape, or form in the end, based on the very fact the battle is taking place. They may say their software/code is free, but there are so many restrictions on its use and distribution that in reality there are MANY costs to using it. And I, like all the rest of the iOS universe, say "who cares" and happily find another $.99 way of playing our content on our devices.

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RE: Much ado about nothing
by vodoomoth on Mon 10th Jan 2011 15:52 in reply to "Much ado about nothing"
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2010-03-30

They may say their software/code is free, but there are so many restrictions on its use and distribution that in reality there are MANY costs to using it.


Sorry but this is just disingenuous. The software is indeed free as well as its source code: someone posted a link to it earlier. Yes, there are restrictions, just like in any other product or license: even BSD prevents you from claiming ownership of other people's work and suing everyone for using that work i.e. for doing exactly what you are doing yourself. Your iPhone comes with restrictions too; I guess that's why jailbreaking exists in the first place.

If I owned that phone and desperately wanted that vlc app, all I would have to do is click the link, download the app and install it. Where are the costs you refer to?

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