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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"Even allowing for the sake of argument that Apple is or was in violation of the LGPL, why do you even care? Are you a copyright holder for part of WebKit? Did not having that source code harm you in some way?

That's like asking "Why do you care about the disaster in Japan? Were you there? Do you have family there? Did it harm you in any way?"

What? Let me get this straight: you're equating massive loss of life, the displacement of tens (hundreds?) of thousands of people, the uncontrolled release of radiation into the environment...with not having the source code for the web browser on your phone. Maybe you should take a walk to clear your head and get some perspective.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Analogy. Learn what it means, kid.

What it doesn't mean is this: equation.

Edited 2011-05-10 15:01 UTC

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cmchittom Member since:

You're younger than I am, kid.

And you're right about analogies, in general, but in yours in particular, you said that asking whether someone was actually hurt by Apple not releasing source code was "like asking" whether someone was actually hurt by the disaster in Japan. You equated the two.

Just so we're clear: I believe I can safely say at the least that we (and, I think, 99+% of people on are in agreement that, if Apple is legally obliged to release the source code, it should—must, even—do so. That's the legal question, and it's pretty straightforward.

The moral question is of course related, but it's also separate. A more analogous situation, to my mind, would be if my neighbor next door made me some new drapes, which I paid for, and then my neighbor refused to tell the guy down the street how they were made. In what way am I hurt?

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