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Apple Delays Release of LGPL WebKit Code 209

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hey-now-wait-a-minute dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Ever since Apple forked the KHTML project to create WebKit, the rendering engine at the core of Safari, the company has been a good open source citizen, releasing the code back to the community after updates. But that suddenly stopped in March, with no code releases for the last two updates to the iOS version of the browser, for reasons unknown. This might remind you of Google's failure to release the Honeycomb source code. But at least Google announced that it was holding the code back, and Android is under a license that allows for a delay; the LGPL'd WebKit isn't." Update: 05/09 21:21 GMT by S : Reader Shin-LaC points out that Apple has now released the relevant source code.
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Apple Delays Release of LGPL WebKit Code

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  • It's right here (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 09, 2011 @12:05PM (#36072722)

    http://www.webkit.org/building/checkout.html

  • DHS to the rescue? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hweimer (709734) on Monday May 09, 2011 @12:18PM (#36072874) Homepage

    So we have a case of blatant copyright violation, which is even perpetrated for commercial gain. So I guess the DHS will step in and seize the apple.com domain as they have done before in similar cases, right?

  • Re:Seriously? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trufagus (1803250) on Monday May 09, 2011 @12:28PM (#36072964)

    The d-evil is, as always, in the details.

    Google released the GPL portion of Honeycomb (including kernel and userland), as per their obligation. The part of honeycomb they delayed is the part that they have exclusive ownership of. They have no obligation to release it but they claim that they will. People are only accepting that claim because of Google's track record on open source: Google creates tons of open-source projects and code.

    With webkit, the situation is more complicated: Apple has added a ton to webkit but their code is based on KHTML and interspersed with other people's contributions. It would appear that they are legally obligated to release the code. The fact that they are holding back is consistent with the fact that Apple only releases what they absolutely must release. Perhaps they are now figuring out what that is?

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