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[News] GPL Violator Apple is Producing Boring Products, Blocking Firefox

  • Subject: [News] GPL Violator Apple is Producing Boring Products, Blocking Firefox
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 11:46:46 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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FSF take on Apple's App Store over GPL2 code

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| The Free Software Foundation has said it has 
| approached Apple because a GPL2 licensed 
| application, a port of GNU Go, is available 
| from Apple's App Store. The FSF say that 
| distribution through the App Store is not in 
| compliance with the GPL's conditions because 
| they clash with Apple's terms and conditions. 
| The developers of the application, are also 
| not in compliance with the GPL as they do not 
| currently distribute the source for the 
| application. Brett Smith, writing on the FSF 
| blog, is at pains to say that the FSF have not 
| sued Apple or made any legal demand and says 
| the only reason they are announcing this is 
| because Apple has removed applications from 
| the store before without explanation and that 
| they want to prevent wild speculation.


Fanboi's lament â falling out of love with the iPad

,----[ Quote ]
| As the iPad goes on sale in the UK (and 
| eight other countries), I've had my own 
| "magical and revolutionary" Apple tablet 
| for exactly 56 days. And I'm using it less 
| and less each day.
| My fading relationship with my iPad reminds 
| me of a long-ago college fling with a young 
| lovely. High anticipation, fervent 
| consummation, growing familiarization, 
| decreasing fascination, and the inevitable: 
| "No, hon, it's not you. It's me."


Mozilla sidesteps iPhone code ban with Firefox Home

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| Mozilla won't submit a Firefox browser to 
| Apple's iPhone App Store. It has no 
| intention of taking its browser where "it's 
| not wanted." But the open source outfit is 
| developing an iPhone incarnation of Firefox 
| Sync, the browser bookmark-syncing service 
| formerly known as Weave.



DOJ inquires about Apple's hold on digital music

,----[ Quote ]
| The U.S. Department of Justice has begun asking
| questions about Apple's role in the recent
| scaling back of special music discounts and
| promotions at Amazon, according to two high
| level music industry sources.


GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store

,----[ Quote ]
| An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently
| being distributed through Apple's App
| Store. However, this distribution is not
| in compliance with the GNU GPL. The
| primary problem is that Apple imposes
| numerous legal restrictions on use and
| distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes
| Store Terms of Service, which is forbidden
| by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have
| written to Apple and asked them to come
| into compliance. We would be happy to see
| Apple distribute these programs under the
| GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems
| much more likely that they'll simply make
| the problem go away by removing GNU Go
| from the App Store.

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