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The iPhone SDK and free software: not a match

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on April 16, 2008 09:55 PM
I guarantee GPL'ed code is going to wind up on the iPhone. Then we'll have to deal with the tedious "blah is violating the GPL" stories. Serious question: Has there even been a case of the GPL being enforced and having some software pulled due to license violations?

I have an iPod Touch. Was very happy with what it did out of the box. What pushed me to jailbreak? Jobs charging me $20 for "free" apps because I registered my iPod two days before the cut off date. That was it for me. Done playing nice now Mister Jobs, come again. Downgraded to 1.1.1, jailbroke, ran the installer, grabbed the apps from a repository and now have five screens of apps on my iPod. With programs like Ziphone coming out now, jailbreaking is getting more and more clever. (Custom firmwares etc...)

I just wish there was MORE stuff being developed. There are some glaring holes in the jailbreak community (MAME for instance doesn't exist as far as I'm aware). And the appstore, from what I've read, will carry a charge for iPod Touch owners. (I've heard everything from an initial $20 charge to get access, right down to $2 PER APP from the store itself.)


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