I've been running Fedora exclusively for the past year or so and have recently upgraded to F20. I take some of the security features of Linux for granted but thought I'd try to highlight a few of them here. I'll show a little about LUKS encryption, the btrfs filesystem and SELinux. When installing a new Fedora system, you have the typical options on what packages (programs/apps) you want to install and also need to select an installation destination. This destination will automatically install 'along side' any other OS that is detected allowing you to 'dual boot' or choose your OS at system start up. I never dual boot and install to the entire space. My partitions on a 1TB drive (or drives in a volume) look like this: /boot = 1 GB - unencrypted /root = 50 GB - encrypted /swap = 16 GB - encrypted /home = the rest of the drive GB - encrypted I always choose to encrypt my entire install using LUKS - this encrypts all drives, partitions, etc with the exception of the /boot partition (I have a trick to secure this as well ) Linux Unified Key Setup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia These screenshots are taken in 'Boxes', a Virtual machine that comes packed with the Gnome Desktop Environment Install summary Destination Options - note that I've chosen btrfs and checked the box to 'encrypt my data' - one can also choose LVM or standard partition and use ext4 or other Linux filesystems. Setting the encryption password which I'll be prompted for to unlock my disk(s) at each system boot. Without this key, the drive is full of gibberish. The btrfs files system allows me to combine multiple (I run 3) drives into a single volume. What this means is that after the system boots and mounts the btrfs filesystem, all of the seperate drives are combined into a single drive, or volume. LVM does the same thing. btrfs has some advantages over other Linux filesystems although I use it for snapshots and the SSD performance that it's built around. Btrfs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Logical volume management - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia My system is fully encrypted and other than the passwd prompt at boot, this encryption is totally transparent to me. Security-Enhanced Linux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The SELinux kernel module also helps secure the system from outside attacks by verifying requests that are global. It's quite often a pain in the butt but I feel comfortable with Fedora utilizing it by default. If you'd like to give Fedora a try, download your flavor (32 or 64bit) and give it a test drive Fedora Project - Get Fedora: Desktops, Other Formats, Spins, Cloud Images, ARM or Secondary Arches. Choose 'Fedora 20 Live Spins' for a bootable OS that doesn't change your system HDD or choose the Fedora 20 DVD if you want to go ahead and install on your system or in a VM. Let me know what you think.