tcplay: BSD-licensed alternative to TrueCrypt

Farkas Levente lfarkas at lfarkas.org
Sat Oct 8 00:35:53 UTC 2011


On 10/07/2011 09:25 PM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> 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 gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069 at gmail.com> 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:
>>>> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/distributions/2008-October/000276.html
>>>
>>> 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 ...

works on both linux and windows:-)
while you use it on windows since it has a lots of features you can also
use you pendrive on linux...and there is no alternative:-(

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