[Adium-devl] URGENT: Adium on iPhone--from WSJ
Juan Manuel Palacios
jmpp at macports.org
Tue Aug 5 17:55:10 UTC 2008
On Aug 5, 2008, at 1:18 PM, Mark Janssen wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 6:57 PM, Chris Forsythe <chris at growl.info>
>> No ipod or iphone. Adium is GPL, and one of the requirements is to
>> provide the source upon request. However, to develop for the iphone/
>> ipod touch requires complying with an NDA, which is counter to the
>> GPL. At least that's the understanding of the issue.
> There are other open source iPhone applications available (e.g.
> Wordpress, http://iphone.wordpress.org/), so I'm not sure if the whole
> Apple NDA vs. GPL discussion applies any more.
Wordpress releasing the source to its iPhone app has been the source
of some debate, precisely because of the NDA Vs open source clash, so
I wouldn't say this precedent renders the whole thing a non-issue;
i.e., I don't think anyone could realistically predict how Apple is
going to respond to Wordpress (and yes, they have been known to delay
in replying at times, cf. Psystar). So waiting for the expiration of
the NDA is most likely still the recommended approach.
My two cents.
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