Nokia Software Distribution FAIL

OK, so I was feeling sufficiently foolish to try and install the all-new version of Python for Symbian S60 phones. Not least because of rumours that things like the Location API (i.e. “all the interesting or useful stuff”) have been liberated from the finger-waggy signing process…

Unfortunately, Nokia has shipped it without completing the same finger-waggy signing process it imposes on everyone else, so it fails on install with “Certificate error – contact the application supplier”. Nokia FAIL. So I have to explicitly disable the fancy security system in order to install software supplied by the system’s manufacturer. Not just that, but software which is open-source, so I can read the damn thing myself. Why can’t they get it right already? GAH.

So, turn off the certificate check, and it installs. Great. Time for a quick hello world from the interactive interpreter. But no…”Python runtime missing!” We’ve just installed the sodding thing.

So no, until someone gets a grip I won’t be the one to do the S60 version of FixMyStreet:-)




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