As Discourse is licensed under the GPL v2 license, any app using Discourse code is not allowed in the App Store as Apple further imposes conditions on the user. If someone using Discourse wants to build an iOS app, would the founders (as the copyright owners) consider giving permissions specific to the app store so as to make it compatible with the App Store?
@iamntz Would that view work for a wrapper app? The topic you linked to was relevant but my issue is not the founders having an issue with us publishing an ios version, but Apple not supporting it from the license point of view.
As I understand it, on the web we are hosting a Discourse instance and not distributing it to users. On the app store, we or Apple are not distributing the software as well - we are only providing a service to users to access the software that is hosted on our server.
I would think this would be different to the VLC case where their app was removed since the software itself was distributed, whereas it could be argued that we are providing a service, rather than the product.
Its a grey area, and unless the founders provide their views on this I guess I am just going to publish the ios app and see.
@iamntz I do eventually plan to have a native api based app for my forum, but for now Ill just do a wrapper based one. There are a few new and better alternatives to cordova and Ill see how I go with minimizing the wrapper feel of the app.