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TrueCrypt.ch: New Project, Hosted In Switzerland

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Published on 30 May 2014 02:06 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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It still is not really clear what happened to TrueCrypt with the official web-site still warning users against using the software; there's been no further confirmation whether it was a web-site hack, a back-door found in the software, government intervention, or other reason for shutting down the open-source project.

Fortunately, since TrueCrypt is open-source, a group of independent developers have hosted the code-base and are hosting it at TrueCrypt.ch within Switzerland. The TrueCrypt.ch site isn't yet calling their code-base a fork but are mirroring it for now along with the releases for all major platforms. The site reads, "TrueCrypt.ch is the gathering place for all up-to-date information. If TrueCrypt.org really is dead, we will try to organize a future."

Additionally, "Currently it is very unclear what really happened. Was it really just the end of a 10year effort, or was it driven by some government. While a simple defacement is more and more unlikely we still don't know where this is going. However the last 36 hours showed clearly that TrueCrypt is a fragile product and must be based on more solid ground. We start now with offering to download the Truecrypt file as is, and we hope we can organize a solid base for the Future."

The developers organizing this TrueCrypt.ch project are Thomas Bruderer and Joseph Doekbrijder.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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