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[6]: Microsoft isn't to blame
by FrankenFuss on Sat 19th Feb 2011 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Microsoft isn't to blame"
FrankenFuss
Member since:
2009-08-05

So app developer goes to the apps tore website, fills out the form that includes "url to source code" and uploads the app binary.

Not a hard issue to solve and one that really isn't going to but onous on Microsoft.


You are probably making it sound more simple than it actually is to execute. But the greater point is this...why should Microsoft change its store just to accomodate the GPL? Microsoft has it practices and procedures in place...if an app meets the criterion, it's accepted. If not? It's not! Microsoft and Apple did the right thing by banning those apps because they don't want or need the headache.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

"why should Microsoft change it's app store just to accomodate GPL"

Why should Microsoft intentionally change it's app store just to block GPL?

It's a development model that produces legitimate software. Windows Phone 7 apps would be no less legitimate because they happen to be produced using open source code and development methods.

Why is it legitimate for Microsoft to block a huge potential developer base from participating in it's WP7 software repository and what is involved in setting up third party repositories for WP7 apps? Can WP7 work with repositories outside of Microft's blessed or will it be artificially limited as Apple has done with Ios?

(If it is simply adding a second repository entry in the package manager then fair enough, no worries, FOSS developers can still produce WP7 software and Microsoft's walled market can get stuffed rather than stocked.)

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