iPhone maker Apple has decided to release the iOS 4.3 WebKit source code after two months of delay.
The open source community had accused Apple of delaying release of the source code for WebKit used in iOS 4.3. The company has forced to release the code under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
Companies offering technologies under the LGPL or any other open source license for that matter are required to release the source code for the technology being used.
Apple’s delay in releasing the binary and source code of Webkit in iOS 4.3 was first pointed by Harald Welte of GPL Violations in a blog post.
“I think it is time that Apple gets their act together and becomes more straight-forward with LGPL compliance. It is not acceptable to delay the source code release for 8 weeks after shipping LGPL licensed software,” he had written on the blog.
The news spread when IT World did a piece on it on Monday.
Now, blog TUAW is reporting that the company has released the source code on its open source resource website.