App store apps under open source licenses

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by jdog82, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. jdog82 macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2008
    2 part question:
    Can anyone give me a list of open source apps on the appstore. Mainly ones under gpl, lgpl license? I know cube is under zlib I believe.

    Are open source apps really getting approved by apple for the appstore? Thanks
  2. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    Although they don't make it clear, there are two versions of Vexed, a GPL game originally from the Palm platform, in the App Store. There was also a very short lived third version that appeared first, but was quickly taken down, mainly as I understand it, because of difficulties in complying with GPL and the Apple distribution model.

    I am not a lawyer, so I don't know if the existing pair of Vexed applications are complying with that license or not. It wouldn't surprise me if they are not, though. There is no way to distribute source code through the App Store.
  3. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    It's very easy to distribute source code thought the App Store. Just build a web server into the app, and have that web server host its own source code plus source for the rest of the app from inside its own .app bundle. You can't distribute any of the frameworks, Apple's libraries, headers (which are not included with the OS but are usually required to build any app) or distribution keys though, so any license has to strongly exempt those.

  4. iFerd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2007
    So I've just proved my point - I don't know enough about how this would all work. I don't understand the subtleties of the GPL well enough to know whether the method you describe, with is restrictions, satisfies the license.

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