|Re: Free42 for iPhone/iPod Touch just landed (UPDATED)|
Message #11 Posted by Thomas Okken on 15 Nov 2009, 10:49 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by Anders Peterson
Does anyone know what's up with the new, third 42s app that's out there? It looks like a total rip off of the first one (42s), even the icon and description text is almost identical. At first I thought it was a "lite" version or something, but that appears not to be the case since it lists a different developer.
It is a total rip-off of Byron Foster's 42s; it's a slightly older version, and the only other thing that's different is the name.
I wrote a review that explains the situation, but it hasn't showed up in iTunes yet. I guess that takes a few days.
UPDATE: My review just showed up on iTunes. I'm posting it here, too:
This is an exact copy of a slightly older version of Byron Foster's 42s app. C. A. Vijayan charges less money for it than Mr. Foster, but he has contributed nothing to the project, and you won't get any support from him, either, even if he did provide an email address or a web site. If you want 42s on the cheap, by all means get this one, but if you want to support the developers that did the actual work, get Byron Foster's 42s (with the nifty UI features) or my Free42 (basic port of the Unix version) instead.
Of course I realize that releasing something under the GPL means that anyone can take your code and start selling it for himself.
But even so, this feels sleazy... and the part where he actually asserts "(C) 2009 Infowise" really gets my goat.
(For what it's worth, the only contribution of "C A VIJAYAN" is to change the title of the app.)
Edited: 16 Nov 2009, 10:07 p.m.