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[5]: That isn't quite right
by vtolkov on Wed 12th Jan 2011 08:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: That isn't quite right"
vtolkov
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I would prefer GPL to be changed, making it more flexible and reasonable, closer to LGPL or BSD, not App Store rules, in this particular case.

IANAL, but GPL is a kind of license, which is impossible to follow literally at all without going to the "don't ask, don't tell" mode. For example, It prohibits any limitations to distribution of GPLed software except itself. But we live in a real world, where are different states with their constitutions and legislatures. So, for example, there are export limitations. So it makes GPL software illegal in entire country, because its law adds additional limitations above GPL.

For myself, I've decided the less I'm dependent from GPL3 software, less problems I'll have. I also have some principles, and they also can conflict with GPL absolute superiority.

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