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    Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    The question is, where do I start? I know I need to learn a language, but which one? I've started on python so far, but I'm still doing simple stuff. I was hoping this could help me learn, and eventually, I could create useful apps for free on iTunes. With an alternate link in the description to download the source code. Methinks it would be fun.

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    There was an article on linux.com about why the App Store is incompatible with the GPL.

    Best bet is to go Jailbroken, for which Python should be fine.
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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    I found out on apple's website that you use Objective-C. I guess this is the one I have to learn. I also am downloading the free SDK.

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    There was an article on linux.com about why the App Store is incompatible with the GPL.

    Best bet is to go Jailbroken, for which Python should be fine.
    I'll look into that. My iPod is jailbroken as of right now. I'll look into creating apps with python too. If you have any information, please post.

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    Well I know that you can install python through Cydia if you add the http://apptapp.saurik.com repo into Installer (then install Cydia, which installs apt) and from there you can install a bunch of utils like Java and Python and such.
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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by zmjjmz View Post
    There was an article on linux.com about why the App Store is incompatible with the GPL.

    Best bet is to go Jailbroken, for which Python should be fine.
    Do you have a link to that article, I can't seem to find it.

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    Quote Originally Posted by UniverseA7X View Post
    The question is, where do I start? I know I need to learn a language, but which one? I've started on python so far, but I'm still doing simple stuff. I was hoping this could help me learn, and eventually, I could create useful apps for free on iTunes. With an alternate link in the description to download the source code. Methinks it would be fun.

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    http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/5...void-iphone-3g

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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    I know it's locked down, I know Apple want a 40% or thereabouts cut from AppStore, but I they have made a desirable product. I love the look of it. Never buy one, but i like it none the less.
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    Re: Wanting to program FOSS apps for iPod/iPhone

    Instead of developing for a horribly closed environment such as the default installs of the ipod and iphone, consider developing for some teams who actually want open source software, have you seen Rockboxfor the ipod for instance?
    The fact that there is no JRE for the iPhone is a real pain

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