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Re: [opensuse-factory] Will openSUSE adopt systemd-homed?

On 3/17/20 6:07 PM, Thorsten Kukuk wrote:
On Tue, Mar 17, andythe_great wrote:

Hello,

Systemd 245 was released with support for systemd-homed.

https://www.mail-archive.com/systemd-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/msg43629.html

There are many interesting features about encryption as well. If I understand
correctly, the systemd-homed can encrypt individual home directory and does not
need normal full disk encryption that has been normally done. Could this solve
typing password twice when decrypting disk on default setup as well?
No, this has nothing to do with your full disk encryption. It's to have
your home portable on an USB stick, not on your harddisk and has still
some problems.

And to encrypt your home directory you don't need full disk encryption.
It's enough to encrypt your home.

Thorsten

I imagine if Lennart could read this he'd scream :wink: In his talks he explains that by design it's portable but the primary use case is encrypting your home as well as your user configuration (passwd, group) and have it in one place on your local disk.

So for all intents and purposes I'll say Yes, it is an alternative to full-disk encryption via LUKS as OpenSUSE optionally sets it up for you, or in the way Ubuntu would setup ecryptfs for your home directory, if you chose encryption in the installer.

Regards,

Cris

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