GPLv3 and mobile app stores

The (supposed) incompatibility of GPL, especially GPLv3 and mobile app stores is still here and growing bigger: The rules for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace appear to mean that even Microsoft’s own MS-RL open source license is banned. And perhaps Nokia should worry too. via Microsoft Bans Its Own License (updated twice) – Simon Says….

Apple and software freedom clashing again

Another app has to be removed from the Apple iTunes mobile App Store. This time, after GNU Go, it’s the iOS port of the popular free VLC Player because the terms of the GNU General Public License are incompatible with those of Apple’s store. Difficult situation and I still think that the best way out…

Beyond removing GNU software from mobile stores

Last week the Free Software Foundation asked Apple to either remove the game GNU Go from the iTunes App Store or change the terms of service on it. Apple chose to simply remove GNU Go from the store and the move was not a surprise, as FSF Compliance Engineer said in the blog post.  I…

Locked devices, GPLv3 and the path to mobile freedom

In a recent discussion with friends I realized that tivoization is a sub-optimal world to describe the problem that the Free Software community has with freedom being controlled by those that control the hardware.  The word clearly targets one specific company, so the problem gets somewhat reduced in scope. The real issue is not limited…

Extend the border of free cyberspace to mobile

After one year spent using my (pretty old) cell phone for more than just sms and audio calls, I understand better some of the new challenges that the free software movement have to face.’  I already wrote about the implications of GPLv3 on mobile handsets, but that post only scratches the surface of the issues.…

Affero GPL is freedom to the web

Savio questions the usefulness of AGPL and his argument seems very slippery to me. He questions whether the Affero GPL is an obstacle to the development of more free/libre open source software.’  He uses Facebook as an example company that is contributing back modifications to memcached, software that FB uses after having it heavily modified…

Six months of GPLv3: a chat with Ernest Park of Palamida

Six months ago Free Software Foundation released the third version of the most widely adopted free software license, the GNU GPL version 3. To track adoption of the new license, Palamida started a project with the aim to build a unified view of the status of GPLv3 and LGPLv3 adoption and usage across the community.…