GPL and the Mac App Store
Juan Manuel Palacios
jmpp at macports.org
Thu Jan 13 16:15:43 UTC 2011
On Jan 13, 2011, at 2:54 AM, Colin Barrett wrote:
> I don't think Apple would approve such an app.
So I'd say such an approach is even worse than dead-on-arrival, just my 2 cents. Regards,
> On Jan 12, 2011, at 7:24 PM, Alan Humpherys wrote:
>> Thanks for taking the time to check this out. I suspected that they would come to this conclusion.
>> It's sadly ironic that the GPL is getting in the way of distributing software for free.
>> I sincerely hope that some sort of accommodation can be made so that more GPL Open Source software can be freely distributed through these channels (iTunes/App Store). Unfortunately, I don't see Apple changing their process... Since a given software title in their store can switch from free to paid on a daily basis, they need to track free software the same way that they track paid software.....
>> My proposed solution
>> We put a free "Adium" app into the Mac App Store which is licensed using the BSD (or similar license) which merely does the following
>> - Downloads a copy of the "real" adium from CacheFly
>> - Makes it so subsequent launches of the AppStore provided Application launch the downloaded Adium binaries
>> This gives us the visibility of being available on the App store - and builds our customer base - yet preserves the spirit of the GPL distribution rules. The filesystem restrictions on iOS wouldn't allow this for an iPhone version, but such a thing is definitely possible on MacOS.
>> - Alan
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