writes: This article at Tectonic suggests that Apple's iPhone might run afoul of the GPL.
In the article, Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF is quoted as saying:
Today, Steve Jobs and Apple release a product crippled with proprietary software and digital restrictions: crippled, because a device that isn't under the control of its owner works against the interests of its owner. Is the FSF engaging in SCO-style FUD or might there really be GPLed code in the iPhone? (It's well known that OS X built on BSD, which uses the . . . . (wait for it) . . . . BSD license. Webkit is based on KHTML which uses the LGPL.) Or is the FSF attempting to capitalize on iPhone-mania, trying to get their name in the news by any means possible? At what point does F/OSS advocacy become "Freetarded"?
We know that Apple has built its operating system, OS X, and its web browser Safari, using GPL-covered work — it will be interesting to see to what extent the iPhone uses GPLed software.