TrueCrypt With GUI On Ubuntu 7.10

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Author: Oliver Meyer <o [dot] meyer [at] projektfarm [dot] de>
Last edited 12/18/2007

This document describes how to set up TrueCrypt with GUI on Ubuntu 7.10. TrueCrypt is a free open-source encryption software for desktop usage.

This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.


1 Preparation

Set up a standard Ubuntu 7.10 system and update it.


2 Needed Packages

First we install some needed packages with the synaptic package manager.

  • sun-java6-jre
  • python-pexpect

You'll see this window during the installation - mark the corresponding checkbox and proceed if you agree with the license agreement.

Afterwards check if all went well - open a terminal and enter.

java -version

The output should look like this:

java version "1.6.0_03"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_03-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_03-b05, mixed mode, sharing)


3 Truecrypt

3.1 Installation

Open within your browser and download the latest stable version for Ubuntu 7.10 (.tar.gz-file containing the .deb-package).

Afterwards unpack the .tar.gz-file, ...

... switch to the folder with the unpacked files and install the .deb-package with the GDebi package installer (simply double click on the package). Click on "Install Package" to start the installation.

Enter the root password.

The package and its dependencies are being installed.

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From: o.meyer at: Jan 15, 2008