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
A couple months ago, I switched my main computer from Windows XP to Ubuntu. Ubuntu Unleashed has been a very helpful resource in making the transition.