Kuno Woudt wrote at 08:56 (CE ST):
(sidenote, I don't see google demanding a permissive license in
is there a different agreement I should be aware of?)
No, the thing I'm talking about is still in there:
> You grant to Google a nonexclusive, worldwide, and royalty-free
> license to: copy, distribute, perform, display, and use the Products
> in connection with the Market and the Android platform.
This prevents distribution of software through the Market that makes use
of GPL'd code licensed from others. In fact, it will have this effect
on code released under anything but the most permissive free software
licenses. For example, it would also prevent incorporation other
people's LGPLed or MPLed code.
As a software developer I want people to use my software, so I
simply ignore the incredible marketshare of these platforms. I have
to make a choice.
Copyleft/permissive is always about that kind of choice, so I don't
necessarily see this situation as any different.
I think this comes down to the old question of whether it is better
promote free software by only supporting sufficiently open and free
platforms, and thereby depriving large groups of users of the
opportunity to learn about free software through your application.
Again, classic trade-off related to copyleft/permissive.