Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 18:26 UTC
Windows Way back in old and boring January of this year, Microsoft announced they would be working together with the Windows Phone 7 homebrew community, with the goal of creating a stable, supported way for homebrew developers and people interested in homebrew applications to enable side-loading on their WP7 devices. Well, they took their sweet time, but the ChevronWP7 team (Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng) and Microsoft have just announced the results.
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by Neolander on Sun 19th Jun 2011 19:01 UTC
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Symbian has always been open to this

Yes and no. It's... complicated.

The security model of Symbian only lets self-signed sideloaded apps do so many things with the device. For most uses, this will be more than sufficient (you can even access telephony functionalities and such), but still some things are blocked. You can't distribute your binary to everyone and just tell them to install it, as an example. To do that, you need to pay some money to Nokia and have them check and digitally sign your applications.

More details :

Edited 2011-06-19 19:05 UTC

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RE: Hmmm...
by Neolander on Sun 19th Jun 2011 19:51 in reply to "Hmmm..."
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Or better, for an individual description of each flavour of Symbian Signed :

***Open Signed Online****...

Free of charge, not for commercial use. Application is signed by Nokia for use on one single phone, then put online for 30 days and kept usable for 3 years. Access to relatively "sensitive" capabilities (power management, system settings alteration).

***Open Signed Offline***

Only for corporate developers. Requires a special certificate costing $200/year. Access to even more sensitive capabilities (direct communication with device drivers essentially). Deployment on up to 1000 devices, with the same 3-year validity limit as before. The application is still checked and certified by Nokia before signing.

***Express signed***

Only for corporate devs. Require the aforementioned certificate, plus a $10 token per signed application. Allows devs to sign their applications themselves (although they are still subject to random audit by Nokia). Applications are freely deployed, and their certificates have a 10-year validity limit. Access to same capabilities as Signed Online.

***Certified Signed****~@...

Similar to before, but the token costs $150 and applications must be submitted to some sort of VIP signing service that's trusted by Nokia (Sogeti HT). Applications may get full access to the device, although some capabilities require agreement with device manufacturers (ex : accessing the unprotected version of DRMd content, altering application's security capabilities and other system files).

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RE[2]: Hmmm...
by JAlexoid on Sun 19th Jun 2011 20:43 in reply to "RE: Hmmm..."
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I'm 99.9% sure that homebrew falls under the ***Open Signed Online***
And Apple allows none. So yeah... Apple is till the odd one out.

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