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[liberationtech] Silent Circle to publish source code?

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Thu Oct 11 17:43:54 PDT 2012


Thanks for spelling it out, and Nathan.
NK
On Oct 11, 2012 8:12 PM, "Nathan" <nathan at freitas.net> wrote:

> Ryan,
>
> > mm. It says on the SC website that it will use
> >"Open Source Peer-Reviewed Encryption,"
> > "Peer Reviewed Encryption and Hashing Algorithms,"
> > and also says "we believe in open source." Is that very ambiguous
>
> As a reporter working on a "piece", you should make sure you understand
> the different between using open-source and being open-source. Having code
> availability for private audit or dumping a zip file of code that doesn't
> quite build entirely is very different from bring a fully transparent
> open-source project. I am not splitting hairs here, just trying to make
> sure that you look beyond vague statements and perhaps ask "where's your
> git repo going to be hosted?" or "what license are you planning to use?" or
> even "will an independent developer be able to compile and run their own
> version of your software?".
>
> As an example, Phil's much heralded ZRTP protocol was openly published but
> server code to enable Asterisk support for it had a very ambiguous license
> that made it unusable in anything but a pure academic setting.
>
> Like "organic", open-source is a term that is easily claimed but not often
> truly fulfilled. Nadim should be given more credit for the completely
> transparent and engaged open-source project he runs, and for defending an
> approach and philosophy that he is completely living up to.
>
> +n8fr8
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