Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Feb 2011 20:33 UTC, submitted by Radio
Windows Well, well, well. We all know Apple's App Store policies are incompatible with the GPL, and as such, software using this license can't be distributed in the App Store. So, what about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace? Well, whereas the App Store doesn't specifically mention the GPL (Apple's terms are simply incompatible), Microsoft drops the pretence and simply bans GPL and GPL-esque licenses outright.
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RE[5]: Come down!
by Nth_Man on Fri 18th Feb 2011 20:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Come down!"
Nth_Man
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2010-05-16

GPL allows Microsoft to use GPL programs and have the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages but does not allow Microsoft to modify it and... forbid that people have access to the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages.

Edited 2011-02-18 20:13 UTC

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RE[6]: Come down!
by hamster on Fri 18th Feb 2011 21:10 in reply to "RE[5]: Come down!"
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GPL allows Microsoft to use GPL programs and have the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages but does not allow Microsoft to modify it and... forbid that people have access to the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages.


I for one don't believe to many of the people that cares about the gpl would buy a phone with WP7 on it anyways. But are there or are there not other open source licenses that could be used now that the gpl cant be used?

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RE[7]: Come down!
by TheGZeus on Fri 18th Feb 2011 21:16 in reply to "RE[6]: Come down!"
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2010-05-19

But they might care about applications licensed under the GPL.

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RE[7]: Come down!
by Nth_Man on Fri 18th Feb 2011 21:19 in reply to "RE[6]: Come down!"
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2010-05-16

If a license allows that: Microsoft can use a program under that license, can have the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages but later allows Microsoft to forbid that people have access to the source code, improve it and have all of its advantages.
... yes, that license has a chance :-(

Edited 2011-02-18 21:36 UTC

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