tcplay: BSD-licensed alternative to TrueCrypt

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Fri Oct 7 19:25:04 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 02:51:26PM -0400, Tom Callaway wrote:
> On 10/06/2011 04:54 PM, Richard Shaw wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM, T.C. Hollingsworth
> > <tchollingsworth at> wrote:
> >> On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at> wrote:
> >>> If I remember correctly it's not that TrueCrypt is non-free, but that
> >>> the license is incompatible with Fedora and upstream was not willing
> >>> to budge on that so it was re-branded instead.
> >>
> >> The TrueCrypt License is, in fact, non-free for several reasons:
> >>
> > 
> > That's being rather pedantic... Yes it's considered non-free because
> > of the screwy licensing agreement, however, the software is free to
> > download and use, it is open source.
> TrueCrypt is definitely not Free Software. A simple rebranding to
> prevent use of their trademark is not sufficient to make it Free
> Software. It is also not Open Source, as it fails several of the OSI
> Open Source Definition criteria.
> In addition, I have strong reason to believe that the license in
> TrueCrypt is carefully crafted to incorporate legal conditions where the
> TrueCrypt upstream could do all sorts of really really nasty and
> horrible things, including suing users for _complying_ with the terms of
> the license. When I pointed this out to TrueCrypt's upstream in 2008,
> their answer was basically "Yeah, so what?".
> Stand far, far, far away.

Is there any reason to use TrueCrypt, over the whole disk encryption
that Fedora already provides?  LUKS "just works" afaict ...


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