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[liberationtech] TrueCrypt Alternatives?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 3 11:41:34 PDT 2014


On 10/03/2014 12:57 PM, Greg wrote:
> Dear Natanael,
>
>> Call up Red Hat and ask them about how they manage their open source
>> Linux distribution.
>
> Oh, I am very familiar with the Red Hat model, and I respect it 
> greatly, and am in fact pursuing something similar.
>
> Red Hat works because it is complicated, technical infrastructure 
> software that requires a great deal of support, custom solutions, etc.
>
> That is not the market Espionage finds itself in, and so I cannot use 
> their business model for it.

You could also do a 3-clause BSD license for the library (i.e., business 
logic), then separate out the GUI part and put whatever license you want 
on the bundle.  You could even do deterministic builds of the library so 
that anyone can check the library inside the bundle against what they 
themselves can compile.  That's not ideal, but it's certainly better 
than restricting access to the entire source.  (And of course if you 
want to continue to do restricted access to the GUI code, that'd be even 
better.)

What's more, any free software ideologue has the ability to try their 
hand at making an alternative GUI that's more user-friendly than the one 
you get paid directly by users to produce.  (Though judging from the 
history and ethos of free software usability I'd say that's quite 
unlikely to happen.)

-Jonathan

>
> Kind regards,
> Greg Slepak
>
> --
> Please do not email me anything that you are not comfortable also 
> sharing with the NSA.
>
> On Oct 2, 2014, at 10:44 PM, Natanael <natanael.l at gmail.com 
> <mailto:natanael.l at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:50 AM, Greg <greg at kinostudios.com 
>> <mailto:greg at kinostudios.com>> wrote:
>>
>>> Also, you convince me how to keep providing high quality software and
>>> support while simultaneously making Espionage completely free and open
>>> source and I will do it in a flash.
>>
>> Call up Red Hat and ask them about how they manage their open source
>> Linux distribution.
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