Linked by David Adams on Fri 2nd Mar 2012 15:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Windows By all early reports, Windows 8 is going to be a good operating system. Microsoft's hegemony may be crumbling in a mobile computing onslaught, but its core empire remains undimmed. However, whereas Windows 7 had three versions, Windows 8 will apparently be ballooning to 9 versions.
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Technically this is true, and for people like me and you it works fine once set up properly.

For the average user, it can be a nightmare. I recently recommended it to my dad when he asked about full disk encryption (he's a member of the tinfoil hat brigade, sadly). He is more adept than the average user, for example his laptop has two hard drive bays and he uses Norton Ghost to maintain a redundant backup scheme. However, Truecrypt was simply over his head. He now plans to upgrade from XP to Win7 Ultimate for BitLocker; he's been looking for that last killer feature to push him to 7 and that was it.

Simple, transparent one-step disk encryption as offered by Microsoft, Ubuntu* and Mac OS X exists for people that don't want to fiddle with learning something like Truecrypt, simple as that Free software may seem to me and you.

*I know Ubuntu only encrypts the Home folder by default, but you can use the Alternate install disc to enable full disk encryption.

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With Debian, I'm actually going encrypted LVM. For added tin-foil protection, one could put /boot on a removable SD kept in one's wallet or keychain. Debian's setup may well be outside the average user's unattended abilities though.

Bitlocker.. I have a distrust of microsoft which I believe is well earned. There may well be no bitlocker backdoors but I'm suspicious. Also, if domain administrator can recover user bitlocker keys then there is already a big whole in it.. that kind of recovery is what backups are for.

Truecrypt I've not left a user to setup on there own but the setup wizard seems to be pretty adequate. The NSA/FBI's lack of success is a pretty strong test of it's strength. The open development model limits potential for backdoors and bugs. I'd personally say that the benefits greatly outweigh sitting with a user the first time they set it up.

Each to there own though. I also think there are other killer features that justify the win7 upgrade (the backup alone if not real 64bit support) so at least he's getting off XP.

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