Mark Doliner mark at
Wed Jun 18 16:39:46 EDT 2014

The Free Software Foundation published a really good explanation of
the problems with GPL in Apple App Store four years ago:

I don't know if anything has changed since then.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Frank Lanitz <frank at> wrote:
> Am 18.06.2014 21:19, schrieb Dave Warren:
>> 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.
> At least I'm remembering the issues VLC had maybe two years ago. Also
> unfortuantely the development rules are inside members area so I cannot
> check them.
> Cheers,
> Frank
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