26 February 2012

78. Fribid as an alternative to nexus personal on debian

Anyone who has needs to interact electronically with banks and government agencies in Sweden will become a victim of BankID/Nexus Personal.

It's a piece of crap. I've used it for several years, and have managed to get by. Now, however, if you try to download a newer version (I currently have from a 64 bit debian machine you end up on a page that says:
 And there's little hope of getting past it.

Luckily, there's apparently an open-source project, fribid, which may be able to replace bankid/nexus personal for those who don't want to get stuck with 32 bit linux (seriously -- why does 4.17 work on 64 bit and future versions won't? And why won't you let me download an older, supported version? And why can't I chose what version I download? 32 bit windows from a 64 bit linux box -- and vice versa -- SHOULD BE POSSIBLE)

Anyway, fribid:

wget http://fribid.se/releases/source/fribid-1.0.0.tar.bz2
tar -xvf fribid-1.0.0.tar.bz2
cd fribid-1.0.0
sudo make install

I didn't have to do anything to 'install' it beyond that. Navigating in iceweasel to a website requiring bankid started fribid as it should and prompted me for the key file.

I can't explore the functionality beyond this, as fribid can only read keys downloaded with bankid/nexus v 4.10 or earlier -- pk12. The clincher here is that you can download the keys using fribid to begin with instead of first downloading them with bankid.

Lock-in, anyone?

ERROR: Unsatisfied dependencies:
  gtk+-2.0 >= 2.12

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev

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