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[liberationtech] Linux distribution on encrypted USB?

carlo von lynX lynX at
Wed Sep 11 05:09:28 PDT 2013

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 02:41:24PM +0200, Moon Jones wrote:
> A portable distribution on an encrypted stick.

I know of two distributions that do this.. one is TAILS and
the one I prefer is liberte linux.. and the guy who does it
is even on this list.

> But is it feasable to have a two device solution? Media1 has the
> /boot but Media2 has the strong key. Media1 boots, prompts, than
> mounts Media2, takes the key, unmounts Media2 prompting and goes
> ahead with the boot without touching the other drives.

You boot from the stick, then mount the encrypted harddrive
with your pass phrase. The laptop as such is thus no longer
a source of danger without the stick. Best of all, if you
unplug the stick the system wipes its memory and shuts down.
Both systems work this way.

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