Reinventing Home Directories

Lennart Poettering

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Let's bring the UNIX concept of Home Directories into the 21st century.

The concept of home directories on Linux/UNIX has little changed in the last 39 years. It's time to have a closer look, and bring them up to today's standards, regarding encryption, storage, authentication, user records, and more.

In this talk we'll talk about "systemd-homed", a new component for systemd, that reworks how we do home directories on Linux, adds strong encryption that makes sense, supports automatic enumeration and hot-plugged home directories and more.