I would also point out there is NOTHING at all keeping me from putting OpenCPN into the Mac app store for $50 a copy. Or free. It has similar terms to the iOS app store.
But that would be a dick move and disrespectful.
I'm sorry you have that impression. It would not
be disrespectful to me at all. If you want to repackage or redistribute gratis
OpenCPN into a channel that brings more users to the game
, I'm all for it. Maybe Mac users trust a "store-bought" download more than a sourceforge download. I don't know, but could be so. Or maybe its a convenience factor, a not inconsequential consideration to many mobile users.
Further, if you can add some value to the user experience and earn $50 a copy, I'd be thrilled to see the enterprise develop. Doesn't take anything away from the established gratis
OpenCPN channels at all, and evolves the OpenCPN ecosystem, to use an overused word.
example: A few years ago we had a fellow who packaged OpenCPN with some NOAA charts
on a CD, and sold the thing on eBay for a few bucks. I thought that was great, because it a) added value to the initial user experience by ensuring a hard backup was available at sea, and b)potentially brought some new users to the fold, users that needed a little more physical instantiation of OpenCPN to be comfortable.
have proposed to do in this thread is counter to GPLv2 at all. I have no problem with any of it. The issue is really with the Apple TOS. And we can all make up our own minds on how to deal with that. As devs, and as users.