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Apple delays publishing of LGPL WebKit code

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Mon May 9, 2011

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Apple has been negligent in releasing some of the source code from the BSD and LGPL (Lesser General Public License) components of WebKit, reports say. What would become WebKit is based partly on the KHTML and KJS in KDE Project's Konqueror browser, and Apple has promised to publish all modifications of related open-source material. The problem is that no source code has been published in connection with iOS 4.3, 4.3.1, 4.3.2 or 4.3.3, even though iOS' Safari web browser is based on WebKit.

Apple has, moreover, reportedly ignored requests from developers for the code the company is supposed to share. The company has not issued a statement one way or another, leaving developers in the dark in terms of explanations or even whether or not it intends to live up to its commitments. Under the terms of LGPL, Apple is expected to publish binary and source code simultaneously.

by MacNN Staff



  1. vallette

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Actually they did.
    You can remove the story now.

  1. facebook_Jason

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    Joined: May 2011


    Typo in title

    The title of the article says LPGL instead of LGPL.

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