Encryption Desktop for Linux - System Requirements

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Issue/Introduction

This article lists the current system requirements for Symantec Drive Encryption 10.3.2 for Linux.

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This article will be updated as additional platforms or other system requirements are tested and added for Drive Encryption for Linux.

Platform Added in Release Date of Release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 (64-bit) MP12 Feb 18, 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 (64-bit)* MP10 Aug 6, 2015
Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit versions) MP7 Jan 29, 2015
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit versions) MP7 Jan 29, 2015
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit versions) MP3 Aug 20, 2014
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 (32-bit and 64-bit versions) MP1 Apr 15, 2014

Note: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 had been removed as a supported platform from Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux in the 10.3.2 MP11 Maintenance Pack release. However, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 has been added again as a supported platform in the 10.3.2 MP12 Maintenance Pack release. The download option for the Symantec Encryption Desktop client for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 is now available from Symantec Encryption Management Server 3.3.2 MP12.

 

System Requirements for 10.3.2 GA Release

Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux runs on these platforms:

  • Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, 12.04.5 LTS, 12.04.3 LTS, 12.04.2 LTS, 12.04.1 LTS, 12.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS 7.1, 6.5, 6.4, 6.3, 6.2, 6.1, 6.0, 5.10, 5.9, 5.8, 5.7 (32-bit and 64-bit versions)

    Note: Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux runs on the supported platforms when all of the latest hot fixes and security patches have been applied.
     

CentOS is free, open source software based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For the purposes of supporting Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux, the two are functionally equivalent.

Hardware and Other System Requirements

The system requirements for Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux are:

  • A generic Linux kernel. Kernels modified for PAE, Xen, or RT are not supported.
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 64 MB of hard disk space
  • Internet access during installation, except on systems that have the required packages pre-installed or have access to a local repository of packages.
     
    • For Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS, the required packages are perl, dkms, gcc, make, and patch.
    • For Ubuntu, they are perl, dkms, gcc, make, and libc6-dev.
    • Both platforms also require the development package for the currently running kernel.

Symantec Drive Encryption for Linux is compatible with the default Logical Volume Manager (LVM) installation. That is, for systems using LVM, the /boot directory must reside on a normal (non-LVM) partition. This constraint can be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • The root (/) is a normal (non-LVM) partition, or
  • /boot itself is a mount point for a normal partition.