An article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation from back in November 2012 notes that Canonical has begun incorporating easy-to-install full disk encryption beginning with Ubuntu 12.10.
When you install Ubuntu, now there’s a checkbox to “Encrypt the new Ubuntu installation for security.” Users who are new to GNU/Linux and just making the switch can easily have the same level of security against physical-access attacks as seasoned nerds.
I have gotten so fed up with Windows that I’ve gradually been moving pretty much every computer I have to use over to Ubuntu. Super Ubuntu is Ubuntu plus a whole bunch of helpful stuff that helps save time getting everything up and running on a new install.
Super Ubuntu is just Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), but it also includes:
- System and application updates: all updates released for Ubuntu + GIMP 2.6.3 + OpenOffice.org 3 + Firefox 3.0.4
- Better Multimedia Support: MPlayer and VLC, DVD-playback, MP3 support and other multimedia codecs
- Better Internet experience: aMSN, aMule, Adobe Flash player and Opera
- Support for portable applications/other installation methods: Autopackage, SFS Technology, Smart Package Manager, Wine and Zero Install
- Support for: Java RE, Microsoft Office 2007 file formats, others…
- Graphical interfaces/managers: compizconfig-settings-manager (Compiz), Gufw (Uncomplicated firewall), ndisgtk (NDISwrapper) and padevchooser (PulseAudio)
- Utilities: Adobe Reader, EnvyNG, Furius ISO Mount, GParted, NDISwrapper, Ubuntu Tweak and StartUp-Manager
- Extra repositories
Seth Dillingham observes that Mozilla and Gnome are considering an alliance/merger/whatever. Like Seth, I think this is a fascinating idea.
I’ve been thinking a lot of the future of open source software in general lately. If you’d asked me a couple years ago, I’d have dismissed the idea of runnig Linux — that’s the Unix OS that’s for uber geeks, not average users. But then I woke up recently and realized that Open Source software has overtaken most of my major software tasks. I’m running Firefox for web browsing, Thunderbird for e-mail, Miranda for IM, etc.
So I’m running all this Open Source software on top of Windows XP when the obvious question hits me — how much longer until I can run everything on top of Linux?
Unfortunately, the answer is still probably “not very soon,” but that day appears much closer than it did just a couple years ago.