Apple: A Bigger Open Source Enemy Than Microsoft?
Oct 21, 2008, 15:32 (2 Talkback[s])
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"For example, the Free Software Foundation published an
essay last summer containing a number of criticisms of the iPhone.
Many of the iPhone policies-- like the requirement that all
applications be installed from Apple's central repository, allowing
Apple to monopolize iPhone software in an unprecedented way-- far
surpass anything that Microsoft has ever done to lock in users.
"Apple's record on desktop computers, where it seeks via legal
and technical restrictions to monopolize hardware as well as
software, is not much better, and its history of DRM endorsement on
iTunes is equally troubling. In this light, it's hard to see Apple
as the valiant underdog in the fight against Microsoft that it
portrays itself as."