Dave Warren davew at
Wed Jun 18 15:19:12 EDT 2014

On 2014-06-18 11:59, Frank Lanitz wrote:
> Am 17.06.2014 22:05, schrieb Dave Warren:
>> On 2014-06-17 13:00, Samir Shah wrote:
>>> Is there a iPhone version planned? thanks!
>> I don't speak for the developers, but in short, no.
>> The libraries and resources used by pidgin aren't available on iOS, and
>> due to the multitasking limitations imposed by iOS, the experience would
>> be quite limited (it would only really work while the app is in the
>> foreground or for a short period in the background)
> Another topic is the licence demandings of Apples app store, which is
> not allowing libpurple etc. under current licensing (at least if Apple
> didn't change anything during the last year)..

I've seen this argument before and I don't think it holds water.

At least to my knowledge, nothing in Apple's (current) agreements 
prohibit developers from distributing source code, and as long as source 
code (and possibly unsigned binaries) are distributed without further 
restrictions, you can remain in compliance even if a third party chooses 
to distribute signed copies.

(In other words, I could digitally sign pidgin and run it in my 
environment that requires my trusted digital signature on all 
executables, if I wanted -- It wouldn't run in your similarly-configured 
environment which requires your digital signature, but you'd be free to 
build from source and sign it yourself or disable your OS's signature 
verification so that you can run it yourself)

As always, IANAL, and if you take legal advice from a mailing list, 
you've got your money's worth and not a penny more.

Either way, there are various AppStore entries that contain open source 
products with various licenses, both BSD and GPL flavours.

Dave Warren

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