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BSD and Darwin derivatives BSD (Berkely System Distribution) was a research operating system based on the original AT&T Unix, developed by the University of Berkeley, California. It has been Open Source right from the beginning, and after the university lost interest in developing it further, several community projects started up (the very first ones were NetBSD and FreeBSD in the early nineties) to continue developing BSD. Anyway, Linux was born roughly at the same time, but a pending lawsuit about copyright infringements prevented the BSD projects to become as successful as Linux (though you could argue about the exact reasons).
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Truecrypt is open source, not closed at all.
by DaveK on Sat 16th Feb 2013 08:44 UTC
DaveK
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2013-02-16

TrueCrypt, a disk encryption tool, though being Closed Source, gained a wide distribution among computers due to its ease of use and cross-platform compatibility. DragonFlyBSD developers decided to write a compatible Open Source implementation.

That was a waste of their time. TrueCrypt is and always has been open source. They should have just downloaded the source from http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads2 same as everyone else. Either the article has mis-described the situation or the devs are idiots.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

TrueCrypt is and always has been open source.


Just because the source is downloadable doesn't make it open source. It's quite possible that the truecrypt license is not compatible with Dragonfly BSD's goal and policies.
A cursory glance indicates that the license is such that it could not be included as part of any BSD.

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DaveK Member since:
2013-02-16

"TrueCrypt is and always has been open source.


Just because the source is downloadable doesn't make it open source. It's quite possible that the truecrypt license is not compatible with Dragonfly BSD's goal and policies.
A cursory glance indicates that the license is such that it could not be included as part of any BSD.
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That's not what "closed source" means. If the article wanted to distinguish between free software and open source, it should have done so, but closed source is unquestionably the wrong one of the three terms to use.

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