On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:23:09PM -0500, Johann Hasselbach wrote: > I read the "encrypting disk partitions" section of the Handbook. What > is the preferred method nowdays, geli or gbde?
Geli seems to be the preferred method these days. It is also what I use to encrypt my /home. It works without problems for me. A geli-encrypted device gets the extension .eli. The boot scripts handle it automatically when they see an .eli device in /etc/fstab. Depending on how you configured it you might have to give the passphrase. You can even encrypt your root directory, but in that case I think you'll need an unencrypted partition for /boot. > Is there another method that would be better? Depends on what you define as better. I don't think so. Geli is convenient and seems to work well. On modern machines the performance penalty is slight. It supports well-regarded encryption algorithms like AES and Blowfish. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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