Please read my links too...
Posted Jul 22, 2010 15:23 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: There are subtle difference...
Parent article: Wesnoth struggles with App Store's GPL incompatibilities
Again: you can tweak the LGPL libraries to your heart's content - you just can not install modified versions on iPhone...
There you have it.
What we are talking about are the scripts to control compilation and installation of the executable.
Nope. We are talking about scripts used to control compilation and installation of the library. And, more importantly, these scripts don't include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the executable. You'll get the required tools when you'll buy the iPhone SDK - situation is more-or-less the same as with Solaris and Sun's compiler. Emacs was distributed for years pre-compiled for Solaris with Sun's compiler and linked with proprietary library (Motif) and it was never considered a problem - what's so different in the iPhone case?
But you cannot install a modified version, because those tools aren't available. That's what Harald and Kuhn are arguing about.
Sorry, but situation is very different there. They were talking about DroidX, we are talking about iPhone. Tools are available: sign the license and NDA, get the SDK - and off we go. This excuse does not work in DroidX case because that component itself accompanies the executable, but iPhone applications are distributed without iPhone SDK...
GPLv3 just made things (much) clearer on this matter. But GPLv2 was indeed addressing the issue (in a much more abstract manner).
It also included few loopholes and Apple (ab)used them to lock down the device - that's all. The fact that the same people who complained about similar abuse in case of Microsoft<->Novell agreement are content with iOS makes me sick but this says more about our community then about Apple.
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