Selling Krita through Apple AppStore

Alex Sarmiento alexsarmiento at me.com
Fri Dec 9 01:24:16 UTC 2011


As far as i know, Apple never said that they pulled out the VLC App from the AppStore because the GPL license was incompatible, nobody knows why was pulled out .  Just because some idiotic Nokia employee doesn't like Apple doesn't means that you can't publish GPL software in the AppStore

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_App_Store

says

"Software licensed only under the GPL (because the App Store Terms of Service impose additional restrictions incompatible with the GPL)[8][9]"

but if  you pay attention to those references [8] and [9]
http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/more-about-the-app-store-gpl-enforcement
http://adium.im/pipermail/devel_adium.im/2011-January/007973.html

You will notice that those are just personal opinions and obscure references without any legal ground. 

There's another very popular GPL  app in the AppStore
http://mplayerx.org/

And I am sure that there is more GPL software.

Please notice that  the  Apple Store is just another distribution channel for the end user.  You can always share a link to the  the source code. You can even pack a tarbal with the source codel inside the  Bundle (why not?).


On Dec 8, 2011, at 5:46 PM, Jaroslaw Staniek wrote:

> On 8 December 2011 22:17, Alex Sarmiento <alexsarmiento at me.com> wrote:
>> Right now i am adding support for Mac os X Lion native fullscreen , file
>> choosers and unified title and menu bars to the whole KDE and Krita apps.
>>  It works and feel better that way under MacOS, with a more native and
>> integrated experience. It only takes some minor tweaks to the source code
>> 
>> So i thought  that it would be nice if i can just could buy some of this
>> apps directly from the mac store, like Okular,Kate and Krita.
>> 
>> That would be a nice founding channels for these projects.
>> 
>> Take for example CyberDuck (http://trac.cyberduck.ch/), which has a GPL
>> License and is being sell at 24$ in the
>> AppleStore. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cyberduck/id409222199?mt=12&ls=1.
>> 
>> Im not really sure what it takes to put an App in the AppStore, but if those
>> CyberDucks guys can, maybe Krita could earn some extra money that way too.
> 
> Alex, I understand your motivation but for some license
> incompatibilities with the AppStore, please see [1] first.
> 
> Then look that CyberDuck may be not the very similar example if it is
> dual-licensed (easy in a small development team). My guess - correct
> me.
> 
> [1] http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/09/the-gpl-the-app-store-and-you/
> 
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