During installation, Ubuntu 9.10 now offers the option of setting up an encrypted home directory. The technology required for this – eCryptfs, a stackable, encrypted file system that is placed on top of the home directory – has been part of Ubuntu for some time. However, the users of the distribution's desktop version previously had to set it up themselves on the command line; now, a simple mouse click during installation is all that is required(via h-online.com) Since I upgraded, I didn't get the option to turn on eCryptfs so I'm going to be looking to turn that on soon. If my laptop was ever stolen, I'd like to have the peace of mind that my electronic bills and personal documents are not so easily accessed. I haven't had the time to check out UbuntuOne which looks really cool akin to DropBox. Looks like my LaunchPad account will be used for more than just filing tickets on Gwibber:
Ubuntu One is a new Canonical service for all Ubuntu users: It offers 2GB of free internet storage which can be used for tasks like synchronising data across multiple Ubuntu installations, making files available to other users, or simply backing up information. To take advantage of Ubuntu One, users need a Launchpad account – those who don't have one already can set up an account when first accessing Ubuntu One (under Applications/Internet in the start menu).(via h-online.com) So far I'm having a great Karmic Koala experience. Now, have you thought about trying Ubuntu? Try out a LiveCD version first to get a feel before replacing your jailed proprietary operating system with sweet satisfaction of freedom.