So I’ve spent the last few evenings building a local Ubuntu repository mirror for localized network installations. While installing a machine today I noticed a new option within the partitioner. Encryption! The installer now lets you select partitions to be installed as encrypted, and also a guided partitioner that will create encrypted LVM partitions.
I’ve played with the features a bit since I found it and this is something I’ll definitely be using! Encrypted root, swap, etc. The only thing that is unencrypted is the /boot partition, which is required for the boot process pre-unencrypting.
So far, in my continued testing, Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy” is shaping up very nicely. For any of you that have been putting off updating you have nothing to be afraid of. It’s been working great for me so far and the more people we can get finding and reporting bugs for the next week the better it’ll get before final.