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June 6, 2012 @ 12:41

tc-play is free (as in freedom) version of TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt is free (as in beer) software used for on-the-fly encryption of data, but it is not licenced under open source licence.
tc-play is free (as in freedom) tool whic provides full support for creating and opening/mapping TrueCrypt-compatible volumes and it is licenced under GPL licence.
Because TrueCrypt software is under a poor license, which is not only non-free, but has the potential to be actively dangerous to end users or distributors who agree to it, opening them to possible legal action even if they abide by all of the licensing terms, depending on the intent of the upstream copyright holder. Fedora continues to make efforts to try to work with the TrueCrypt upstream to fix all of the issues in their license so that it can be considered Free, but have not yet been successful. – taken from Fedora Forbidden Items page.
There has been no articles regarding tc-play, and that seams strange since it provides great functionality, hopefully some reviews and tutorials will soon follow.

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  1. Posted by Kevin Kofler

    June 6, 2012 @ 19:55

    Just a small correction: From the upstream page:
    > tcplay is a free (BSD-licensed), pretty much fully featured (including multiple keyfiles, cipher cascades, etc) and stable TrueCrypt implementation.
    > The project is under a two-clause BSD license.
    So it’s not licensed under the GPL, but under a GPL-compatible Free Software license.

    In any case, blogging about this was a good idea. Just recently there was again a blog post about how to install RPM Fusion’s rebranded version of the proprietary TrueCrypt (they had to rename it to “RealCrypt” because of one of the several stupid clauses in the license). I don’t understand why people still use that rather than tc-play.

  2. Posted by Misc

    June 6, 2012 @ 22:33

    Wonder if it could be integrated like luks in Fedora, ie to be able to boot on a truecrypt volume.

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