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The Unflappable Free Software Community that Opened the iPhone

Jan 17, 2008, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"The world of free software is full of amazing and even heroic stories (the gcc toolkit for its quality and flexibility, Linux and free desktops for their size and sheer ambition, Samba and Mono for their tenacity at keeping up with confusing quasi-standards) but one of my favorite recent stories is the opening of the iPhone.

"Apple did a beautiful job creating this device. Millions wanted it the moment it became known, and thousands wanted to write programs to explore its ground-breaking interface elements. Apple, however, failed to release its APIs, much less any toolkit or run-time environment.

"So the community built its own..."

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