Feature suggestions: optionally placing home folder into separate partition during ubuntu install

Joao Pinto joao.pinto at getdeb.net
Tue Dec 28 18:11:31 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM, Phill Whiteside <phillw at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> Hi Joao,
> the same would apply to the option of encrypting their home area, which is
> on the install CD and causes no end of grief on support. They get the option
> of that, but not a seperate /home partition? Bearing in mind we are dealing
> mostly with Windows users, is the encryption part really needed as a default
> question - or only available in advanced?
> Regards,
> Phill.
Hi Phill,
I don't have data to support this, but a significant part of today's devices
are mobile devices. I truly believe that the risk of keeping unencrypted
data on a mobile device is so high that encryption more than an option
should be a default.
Encryption provides a clear and unarguable benefit for most users. I am not
sure to which support problems are you referring to, unless you are doing
low level file management (advanced user), home encryption is transparent.

I am sorry but I am unable to identify any clear benefit for most users to
keep the data on a different partition.

João Luís Marques Pinto
GetDeb Team Leader
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