Full Disk Encryption on Ubuntu

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.

Super Ubuntu

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:

Mozilla/Gnome Alliance?

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.