Am 25.12.2019 um 07:39 schrieb Berend Hasselman:
> On 24 Dec 2019, at 23:12, Allin Cottrell <cottrell(a)wfu.edu>
> On Tue, 24 Dec 2019, Berend Hasselman wrote:
>> As of February 2020 Apple will require that apps distributed
>> outside of the Mac store will have to be notarized.
Another popular victim:
> Well, yes, I've commented on this situation before. I
> Apple developer certificate some time ago but it expired earlier
> this year. And if I'm reading their instructions right, to renew it
> according to their new procedures I'll have to authenticate myself
> via a current Apple device, which I don't possess. (I have a half
> share in a 2010 Macbook Air.) This is a substantial tax on free
> software developers: we have to pay Apple for the privilege of
> providing our software free to users.
> It seems to me that gretl users who run Macs might wish to step up
> and suggest a way forward.
I'm not a (current) Mac user, but given the widespread use of Macbooks
among students it would be a pity of gretl couldn't run anymore. So,
- Would it be practically viable if the notarization went through some
Mac user like Berend? Meaning that the result of the building process is
sent to him, and then he "somehow" notarizes the file.
- What exactly does Apple device mean? Surely an iphone would not be enough?
- I guess distributing through the Appstore is even more problematic?
- About the costs of developer certificates and other monetary expenses:
In principle I think it would be fair to collect money from the Mac
users through some sort crowd funding. I know we would need the gretl
association that we talked about in Naples (and earlier), which doesn't
exist yet. But it might be a conrete reason to finally start it.