[xubuntu-users] 18.04.1 Point Release Testing

MR ZenWiz mrzenwiz at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 19:19:11 UTC 2018

On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 11:51 AM, Ralf Mardorf <silver.bullet at zoho.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Aug 2018 05:22:48 +1200, chris wrote:
>>+1  The devs have lost there way.
> Who are the devs? The Xubuntu team? Debian devs? Xfce upstream?
A quick Google search reveals that ecryptfs.org is currently
maintained by two Canonical engineers.

If the problem with it as reported for 18.04 is that it is buggy, the
people to refer this to would be there.  I expect they already know
about this and most likely are already working on it (or have decided
to drop it - either way, it's their baby; anyone want to take it

Frankly, for my purposes, if it is buggy (and low quality encryption)
I would want to use something better, even if it is partition-focused.
That said, I'm still on 16.04 on three machines, not the VM at work
(beta release of 18.04), and I'll need to backup my files unencrypted
to use 18.04 without ecryptfs.  Tar-gz and zip files are good for
those sorts of things.

I also don't care for the lengthy delay in doing things like listing a
directory or opening a document because of the decryption delay -
usually upwards of about 30s, and I have a pretty fast machine (for
almost everything else).

On my laptop I could create an encrypted partition for my $HOME
directory without too much trouble.  I already have to create special
hoops to get around encrypting only the directories I don't want to
share (e.g., my documents, personal settings, etc.) while allowing my
music, downloads, videos, audios and other trivia to be available to
my other users - I do have a few.

Every advance has its issues.  So far what I've seen on 18.04 on my
work VM is better more than not.  The biggest issue I ran into was not
being able to copy my xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts file into my .config
location and have it work - I had to recreate them by hand.  The
second biggest was having to change my windows theme to one where the
labels would appear vertical on my vertical panel.  Neither was a
significant deterrent.

Just my $0.02... YMMV


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