Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th May 2011 21:46 UTC
Apple Apple has released the source code for WebKit in iOS 4.3, which it had been withholding for eight weeks. However, according yo Jay 'saurik' Freeman, they are still not, and never have been, in compliance with the LGPL. "Apple's provided source code (which /is/ heavily modified for the iPhone) [...] isn't even complete enough to compile (it is missing a bunch of code for the WAK* classes), so Apple has simply never been in compliance with this license," Saurik writes. So, it would seem that Apple is still violating the LGPL, and has been doing so for a very long time. Funny how this never makes it to mainstream technology sites. I guess they find their pre-release review devices more important.
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RE: Or Not
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 9th May 2011 22:33 UTC in reply to "Or Not"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, a one paragraph description isn't quite enough for me to say 100% with out a doubt that Apple's in violation.

I understand that ovbiously closed source binaries can link to a LGPL licensed library. But is the inverse true? I don't think it is.

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RE[2]: Or Not
by JAlexoid on Tue 10th May 2011 00:26 in reply to "RE: Or Not"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Yeah, a one paragraph description isn't quite enough for me to say 100% with out a doubt that Apple's in violation.

I understand that ovbiously closed source binaries can link to a LGPL licensed library. But is the inverse true? I don't think it is.


Yeah both LGPL and GPL code can link to closed source software. But resulting binaries are not distributable without breaking (L)GPL.
That is how nVidia drivers work - the glue-code is GPL, the binary blob is proprietary licensed, the resulting kernel module is is not distributable.

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RE[3]: Or Not
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 10th May 2011 16:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Or Not"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Right. So even if there is some glue code between webkit and IOS, Apple is still distributing the resulting work. So they are violating the LGPL, right?

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