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How to configure encrypted LVM on Mandriva 2010 Spring

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The first LV we are creating here is for swap. A size of 1 GB to 2 GB should be enough. The beauty of LVM is that the size of the LVs can be resized if and when the need arises. The rule of thumb when creating LVs is to allocate the minimum size needed to install the system. Make the selection as shown and click Ok. Repeat this step to create the other LVs.

Note that because we are creating LVs from an encrypted PV, it is not necessary to encrypt the LVs. It won’t break anything if you do, but it’s overkill. So ignore the Encrypt partition option.

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Create LV for swap

Just to show the step for creating the LV for root. As a guidance for size allocation, a default installation of Mandriva (One) 2010 uses less than 2.5 GB of disk space allocated to /. So anything more than that should be enough. Ok.

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Create LV for root

How the LV for /home is created. Assign any size to it, but do not allocate all the remaining disk space. For a typical desktop installation, 3 GB to 5 GB should be enough Ok.

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Create LV for home

Now that all the LVs we want have been created, click on Done.

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All LVs have been created

You may Skip this step or just click Next to have the installer remove unused hardware and localization packages.

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Option to remove unused packages

After all the unused packages have been removed, assuming you clicked Next in the previous step, the next step is to configure the boot loader. Mandriva’s installer gives you a choice of two boot loaders – GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) and LILO (LInux LOader). If you choose to use GRUB, you may choose GRUB with graphical menu, the default, or GRUB with text menu. You may also choose to specify a password to protect the boot loader. Aside from encrypting a hard disk, password-protecting the boot loader is another step you may use to boost the physical security rating of your computer. Password-protecting the boot loader is possible only if you choose GRUB with text menu or LILO.

If there is a tool that you can use to improve the security of your computer, I always like to use it, especially if there is no real downside to it. Think about this and click Next when you are satisfied with your choices.

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GRUB configuration

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5 Comments

  1. okh04 says:

    Oh, thanks for mentioning that. That´s a shame! PCLOS is very polished, but they missed that one.

    Which KDE-Distro would You recommend? Mandriva, Kubuntu, OpenSUSE, MintKDE? I would prefer an encrypted installation. I think this is possible via the alternative installer of Kubuntu.

    Chakra isn´t stable yet, setting up Arch is too much fiddling around for me.

  2. okh4 says:

    Thank You very much for this How-To! A couple of days ago I failed doing this. I went with an installation of PCLOS, as it is based on Mandriva, yet features all codecs preinstalled. Plus both run relatively fast for using KDE4 as their DE.

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