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Re: Encrypted home directory

2008/12/21 Eric Sandeen <sandeen redhat com>
Sachin wrote:
> Hi All,
> Can we have the feature of the encrypted the home directory with out of
> the box experience.
> Ubuntu is planning for the next release. This is not real motivation.
> http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/jaunty/alpha2

eCryptfs is still somewhat fragile at times; under constrained usecases
it's reasonably ok but if you stray from that things can go badly...
The stuff Ubuntu has done is interesting but I'm wondering if anyone
there has really given the kernelspace side a good workout.  (I've
worked on eCryptfs a lot, and it's pretty nifty, but there are still
some kinks to work out).

encfs provides another solution, in userspace via fuse. On a glance it looks like a good base for an equaliant feature, any thoughts?

I've been running using dm-crypt for a while now but it seems to me that when all I have is some photos and documents I don't want to fall into the wrong hands in case my machine is stolen, it's seems like overkill to encrypt everything. Additionally it's some what cumbersome to have to unlock the drive during boot. Another problem might be the performance hit of full disk encryption on these low powered netbooks being unacceptable making those a good target for a more lightweight solution?

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