Archive for December, 2011

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

How does your package manager handle orphaned packages?

The last time I followed a distribution’s suggestion to remove some packages that were no longer needed, I completely hosed the system. Could not use it afterwards. Though the machine was a test machine, the experience thought me to always let sleeping dogs lie. If what those orphaned packages, as they are called, are doing is just using up a […]

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Does disk encryption really protect your data from unauthorized access?

Disk encryption is one of several physical security measures that could be used to protect data on your computer from unauthorized physical access. And it is best configured during installation, not after. But once configured, how effective is it? First, let’s see how it is implemented in some popular Linux distributions. In Fedora, for example, all you need to encrypt […]