Let’s Encrypt – Updated Release

Back in December 2014, I wrote a post on Let’s Encrypt – a TLS Certificate startup that plans to offer free 3rd-party certificates to anyone that owns a domain name. At that time Let’s Encrypt had set a target release date of “Summer 2015”.

Let’s Encrypt recently moved their launch back with the following tentative milestones:

  • First certificate: Week of September 7, 2015
  • General availability: Week of November 16, 2015

The plan is to begin releasing certs gradually, with a ramp-up to general availability during the week of November 16th.

According the their FAQ, the certs will still be free to verified domain holders with no specific limitations on commercial use. Their community looks pretty good and staff appears attentive to inquiries.

Let’s Encrypt is controlled by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), a “Public Benefit” corporation in California supported by an impressive array of sponsors, including Cisco, the Linux Foundation, EFF, Mozilla, and Akamai, among others. This looks legit to me, and I am excited to get a free cert or two for some of my self-signed servers. Once I get mine, I’ll do a review and write-up that will be posted here.

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