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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: Mac App Store - or else ?


Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
On 2/23/11 12:25 AM, Valter Mura wrote:
In data giovedì 13 gennaio 2011 22:53:59, Fabián Rodríguez ha scritto:

On 11-01-12 11:35 AM, Larry Gusaas wrote:
On 2011/01/12 8:49 AM  Mirek M. wrote:
2011/1/12 Jonathan Aquilina<eagles051387@gmail.com>

  Why not license it under an appropriate license that would allow
us to put

  it in the app store? would that mean we would need to remove the
GPL or can

  it be dual licensed to go on the app store?
I'm no expert, but as I understand it, LibreOffice is licensed under the LGPL, which should allow it to be used with DRM (whereas VLC was GPL).
In order for LibreOffice to change its license, it would need to get
an OK
from all its contributors, including Oracle, which is not too likely to
happen IMHO. But I don't think that's necessary in this case.
There is no DRM used on the Mac OS X App Store. There is DRM on the
Apple iOS AppStore. They are two separate entities. The FSF objections
are to the DRM on the iOS AppStore and do not apply to the OS X App
Store. Of course, the FSF objects to Apple and any other company that
does not give away their software for free.

Larry
Hi Larry,

DRM means "Digital Rights Management" and although it (apparently) has
been easily circumvented in the App store, there are indeed such control
mechanisms implemented:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1075297

A quick search shows confusing information about this (again):
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/02/poetic-justice-watch-crackulous-r
eleased-pirated-re-sold.ars
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20027731-264.html

"Free" in "Free software" refers to Freedom, not free as in $0 cost.
It's a common mistake, but the Free Software Foundation is not objecting to anyone selling Free software. Quite the opposite, in fact, except the
software itself is not considering the only goods you would be
monetizing. This article should help understanding such model:
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html

Larry, knowing that you are the audience we seek, I'd like to know how
you found out about OOo (or Libreoffice, if you didn't know OOo before).
Perhaps that can provide other ways to better reach Mac audiences ?

Should it be possible to have a light Libò version for BlackBerry? This kind of mobile phone is used by the majority of businessmen, I suppose it should be
useful to have it inside the phone.

What do you think?
The biggest problem with getting on mobile devices, is that they use java. from my impressions on the project as a whole and following the dev list is that they are trying to remove java all together. It would be interesting to get some developer feedback on this.
Maybe I don't understand this, but it seems to me that mobile devices are so different from regular PCs that any version of LO for mobile devices might just as well be written from scratch for that purpose borrowing little or no code from from the regular LO for PCs. That being the case, one might use Java, and the other not.
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