Free Software only if you don't accept the binary license
Jan 05, 2013
1:59 AM EST
|did i get that right?
sure the source for the SDK may be under the apache license, but if i ever accept the binary license then i am barred from distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK, which at this point i'd have to be doing if i wanted to use the SDK source. because i can't see how i'd avoid sending in bugreports or mention the fact that i am using an SDK built from source.
a non-free binary license is in a way similar to redhat vs centos. only that redhat does not prevent its clients from distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a linux distribution derived from redhat enterprise linux.
redhat got a lot of flack for their binary license and it took a long time for the community to realize that redhat is not going to go after centos.
but i can't see google having the same reaction against a competing build of the android SDK because such an SDK would undermine what they are trying to achieve with that anti-fragmentation clause.
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