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ctreleaven at cogeco.ca
Wed Apr 18 18:28:17 UTC 2012
At 5:25 PM +0100 4/18/12, Simon Hobson wrote:
>At 08:59 -0700 18/4/12, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
>>On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 07:18, Jean-Yves Avenard <jyavenard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > It's technically against the GPL to publish it on the App Store, but
>>> there are plenty of applications that way..
>>I have not followed the App Store offerings, and I am sure
>>there are the "hidden exceptions", but I remember a number
>>of "reports" that GPL'd apps in the App Store were being
>>removed as they were identified. Is that not still true?
>Yes, that has happened. If Apple spot that a program is under GPL
>then it will be pulled<period>.
>And it's not "technically against the GPL", it is absolutely in
>breach of the GPL. The author of an App for an iDevice is not able
>to provide the source used to build the Apple as distributed. They
>can provide the source to what they submit, but what is actually
>distributed is different (Apple add the crippleware), and only Apple
>can provide the source for the steps they apply (and I suspect Satan
>will be trying out ice skating before they do that.)
>Whatever we might think of that, it's how it is and isn't likely to
What "cripplware"? Apps are digitally signed for security in the Mac
IANAL so I won't try to decipher whether Apples Terms of Service
conflict with GPL.
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