[sf-lug] Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04.1) rocks your socks, now with greater security

Kristian Erik Hermansen kristian.hermansen at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 16:30:10 PDT 2008

I just wanted to reiterate that Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04.1) is the
best release of a Debian distro to date, IMHO.  I have been messing
around with Debian and Ubuntu for a long time now, and this release is
solid.  I was a very early adopter to Ubuntu and user since October of
2004, and Debian prior to that.  Hardy is a kick ass release, and I
highly recommend it to everyone.  I just recently started utilizing
the Ubuntu Alternate disc installer and tried out the painless
encrypted disk option, which now provides me with partition encryption
of all my data.  Pretty cool.  I have utilized numerous other Linux
encryption tools in the past, but this was just way too damn easy that
now I can start recommending it to other users.  In fact, everyone
should be using it if you are worried about your laptop being stolen
or people trying to snag your data.  Very cool indeed!!

You can learn more about LUKS below, which the Ubuntu partition
encryption is based on.  Please note that the /boot is not encrypted,
so there are still (presumably) ways to hijack your keys, but this is
much better than having your data RAW on disk...

NOTE: DO NOT DOWNLOAD UBUNTU HARDY HERON 8.04.  Please ensure you only
utilize update 8.04.1, due to OpenSSL issues that were discussed on
here earlier.  I was traveling and out of the loop when that OpenSSL
discussion came up on the list, so I underestimated the problems that
would ultimately ensue.  Stay safe San Francisco!!
Kristian Erik Hermansen
CISSP, CEPT, CREA, CEH, Linux+, A+, QGCS, ACSA, this is getting ridiculous...

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