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FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 18:59 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653)
In reply to: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL by iabervon
Parent article: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Binaries in the app store are signed and coupled to a profile in iTunes, making it very much (no, exactly) like Tivoization, which is frowned upon, but not explicitly forbidden in GPLv2, so FSF asking Apple to install unencrypted programs is highly unlikely to have a chance of success.


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FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 20:01 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722) [Link]

They don't have to install unencrypted programs, but they do have to make the unencrypted versions available to users. Of course, those versions won't be useful to anyone whose device won't run unsigned programs (or won't run A4 executables, etc.). Tivo also has to provide the somewhat-unhelpful binaries with their devices.

(It's a bit different from the Tivo case in that Apple would be fine with not permitting any GPLed code on these devices, whereas Tivo actually ships their devices with GPLed code on them. Apple can just not distribute any code through the App Store that is submitted by someone without the right to grant Apple the rights they need for their process.)

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 20:17 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653) [Link]

It does not say anywhere in the GPLv2 license that unencrypted binaries should be provided, just source (which is what matters, right?)


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