Microsoft has banned GPLv3 software from the Windows Phone and Xbox apps ... but should Apple do the same in the App Store?
Ars Technica's Peter Bright thinks so:
Apple faces a similar problem, although Apple's terms don't explicitly ban the GPL, and GPL-licensed applications have been placed in the App Store. However, Apple equally fails to honour the terms of the GPL: the company provides no way to download source code to applications distributed in the store.
But as things stand, one thing is clear: Apple should do the decent thing and ban GPL software, too. The company presently reaps rewards from allowing GPL-licensed software in the App Store, even though the company has no intention of complying with the terms of that license. Microsoft's stance may not be the pragmatic one. But it's the right one.
Do you think that banning GPL open source software is the right thing to do? What alternatives would you suggest?