Let’s Encrypt was first announced in November 2014, and in April 2015 it became a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, with the first publicly available free certificates issued in December. Now, after issuing more than 1.5 million free certificates, Josh Aas, Internet Security Research Group executive director and leader of the Let’s Encrypt project, is ready to take the beta label off the effort.
“We believe we’ve gained ample experience and confidence in our systems so that the beta label is no longer necessary,” Aas told eWEEK. “We’ve successfully demonstrated our ability to issue at Web-scale, and while there is always more work to do, we are confident about the maturity of our systems.”
Moving a technology out of beta often implies that the software is production-ready and that APIs will be stable. For Let’s Encrypt, exiting beta does not imply anything new in terms of API stability, according to Aas.