[GNC-dev] German online banking users would need a 3.7 release before mid-September...

Christian Stimming christian at cstimming.de
Sat Aug 10 07:20:35 EDT 2019

Dear developers,

the German online banking users have received notice from their banks that due 
to EU regulations, from mid-September onwards (Sept 14th) the banking client 
software has to use a registered product key, otherwise the bank server 
connection will be refused.

(In German: https://www.hbci-zka.de/register/prod_register.htm )

For gnucash, I have registered and received such a product key, and in the 
communication to me there haven't been any restrictions that would pose 
problems for open source software. Hence, as long as gnucash will stick to 
this procedure and send the product key, the users (and we) should be fine.

However, as our banking library aqbanking only recently introduced the 
necessary API for this, it was not before July 7th that this code has been 
introduced into gnucash, which means our last stable version gnucash-3.6 does 
not yet contain this.

My question is: Can we schedule the 3.7 release somewhat earlier than our 
normal 3-month schedule, so that this release is available before the bank 
server change in mid-September? Normal schedule for 3.7 is End of September, 
but this is too late for users of this feature.

In theory, any release date between now and Sept 14th would be fine, although 
the earlier we do this, the earlier the respective updates can be tested by 
the users. Maybe around August 20th?

Thanks for your consideration!



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