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[8]: Come down!
by hamster on Sat 19th Feb 2011 17:49 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Come down!"
hamster
Member since:
2006-10-06

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 :-(


It's not for me or you to deside what MS wants to allow on their market place. I for one don't see it a a must that a program are licensed under the gpl. If a closed source program solution does a better job at handling the task i would take that any day of the week.

I'm not an elite programmer. Just starting out with my first project but in that case i do awoid gpl licensed stuff. Simply because i don't agree with the philosophy behind the licens. So i don't wanna release any work under the licens and support it in that way.

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RE[9]: Come down!
by Nth_Man on Sat 19th Feb 2011 18:36 in reply to "RE[8]: Come down!"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

If a closed source program [...]


What works today at a reasonable price may be stalled tomorrow, or require abusive prices by the seller. This is not simple, we have to think about it.

One of the keys between free and privative software is thinking in long-term. I suppose you also have found bugs in programs, and have had the wish of solving it (or contract someone to do it for you). Yes, the software works but can be repaired.

Maybe you have wanted to improve a software that works, but can be improved, and the company that made that software... has closed its doors and left, or forces you to buy a new version, or forces you to buy new hardware for the next version of the program, or is charging abusive prices for a new version, etc.

So thinking in long-term, that is where the license matters most, because a license like GPL avoids a vendor lock-in and at the same time makes things possible for you.

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RE[10]: Come down!
by hamster on Sat 19th Feb 2011 20:44 in reply to "RE[9]: Come down!"
hamster Member since:
2006-10-06



What works today at a reasonable price may be stalled tomorrow, or require abusive prices by the seller. This is not simple, we have to think about it.

One of the keys between free and privative software is thinking in long-term. I suppose you also have found bugs in programs, and have had the wish of solving it (or contract someone to do it for you). Yes, the software works but can be repaired.

Maybe you have wanted to improve a software that works, but can be improved, and the company that made that software... has closed its doors and left, or forces you to buy a new version, or forces you to buy new hardware for the next version of the program, or is charging abusive prices for a new version, etc.

So thinking in long-term, that is where the license matters most, because a license like GPL avoids a vendor lock-in and at the same time makes things possible for you.


Are you gonna repeat that again? I allready commented on this. You don't need the gpl to avoid vendor lockin. It does help one to awoid it yes. But it's not the only licens that does that.

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