Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th May 2011 22:13 UTC
Apple We've had an immense hubbub about the delay in the source code release of Honeycomb, which led to a storm of critique being sent Google's way. Turns out there's another company withholding source code, and this time it's Apple. They have stopped releasing the LGPL source code for WebKit in iOS since iOS 4.3.0, released about 8 weeks ago. Turns out - this isn't the first time Apple has refused to release (L)GPL'd code. It took them six months to release the required GPL source code for iOS 4.1.
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It is NOT just as bad, it is worse
by kragil on Fri 6th May 2011 23:17 UTC
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If you ship LGPLed stuff you HAVE TO provide source code. That is what the license says, otherwise you are in VIOLATION and can be SUED.
If you ship Apache code, you CAN provide source code, otherwise you are just a little bit evil and hypocritcal in some peoples eyes, but they can't do shit about it.

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Lennie Member since:

Totally agree

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pantheraleo Member since:

If you ship LGPLed stuff you HAVE TO provide source code.

It's probably worth pointing out that you only HAVE TO provide it if someone requests it. You don't have to make it publically available on your Web Site or anything. But if someone writes you a letter or something, asking for it, you have to give it to them. And of course, you can't stop the person you gave it to from publically publishing it on a Web Site.

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WJMoore Member since:

> this isn't the first time Apple has refused to release (L)GPL'd code

As noted above you don't have to publish the code, just make it available upon request.

Has any one actually made a request for the code and been refused? Like all Apple storm in a teacup issues this will no doubt be rectified at some point and everyone can stop panicking.

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kragil Member since:

People asked for it, but Apple refused. They just didn't get sued yet.

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somebody Member since:

apple screwing with OSS rules again?

next... movie at 11

it is bigger news to see people who believe in apple being anything OSS friendly didn't go dodo way and extinct

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moondevil Member since:


There are still some people that think of good and bad corporations.

Microsoft, Apple, Google, Intel are on the game for the money. Their affiliation with opensource is only done when it brings them more money.

Or do you think any of the others would be better than Microsoft, if they got the chance to have the same market size?

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