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== Truecrypt license troubles ==
 
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The main two issues are:
 
The main two issues are:
  
# What is wrong with the license?  
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Q: What is wrong with the license?  
** Maybe a pointer to the discussion or a summary of the discussion is in order
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A: Short answer, lots. With every major revision of the TrueCrypt license, it becomes less risky, but it is still non-free. We are hopeful that a discussion between TrueCrypt and the FSF will help resolve the remaining issues, but this has yet to occur.
# What alternatives could (easily) replace truecrypt?
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** Would it be possible to spawn a new truecrypt and have a different license?
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Q: Maybe a pointer to the discussion or a summary of the discussion is in order
** For instance could someone change it to being GPL-ed?
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A: An older discussion is here: http://www.mail-archive.com/distributions@lists.freedesktop.org/msg00274.html
** Or is that one of the problems?
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Q: What alternatives could (easily) replace truecrypt?
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A: Sorry, this is not my area of expertise.
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Q: Would it be possible to spawn a new truecrypt and have a different license?
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A: No.
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Q: For instance could someone change it to being GPL-ed?
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A: Only the TrueCrypt copyright holders could choose to do that, and they have never done so (afaik).
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Q: Or is that one of the problems?
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A: Strictly speaking, it is not one of the problems. The fact that the license is non-free is the primary problem.

Revision as of 14:16, 14 August 2009

Truecrypt license troubles

Currently I use truecrypt to encrypt private data. Reading the section on truecrypt spawns many questions. The main two issues are:

Q: What is wrong with the license? A: Short answer, lots. With every major revision of the TrueCrypt license, it becomes less risky, but it is still non-free. We are hopeful that a discussion between TrueCrypt and the FSF will help resolve the remaining issues, but this has yet to occur.

Q: Maybe a pointer to the discussion or a summary of the discussion is in order A: An older discussion is here: http://www.mail-archive.com/distributions@lists.freedesktop.org/msg00274.html

Q: What alternatives could (easily) replace truecrypt? A: Sorry, this is not my area of expertise.

Q: Would it be possible to spawn a new truecrypt and have a different license? A: No.

Q: For instance could someone change it to being GPL-ed? A: Only the TrueCrypt copyright holders could choose to do that, and they have never done so (afaik).

Q: Or is that one of the problems? A: Strictly speaking, it is not one of the problems. The fact that the license is non-free is the primary problem.