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#1 Psywar

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 07:04 AM

So I have been taking some networking classes over at the college. Some of them are getting in to hardcore security.

I was considering dual booting a distro of linux on my laptop.
My first pick was going to be BackTrack5 but I have read if you have not used linux in a while it would not be a good distro to start out on again.

Any suggestions? I will be doing a lot of testing of networks. Packet sniffing, etc. etc.

I need something that will work with my system.
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I was looking at kubuntu but it requires me to swap out the kernel to use multi processors.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 04:56 AM

Nevermind I am just going to use BackTrack5.

Gonna dive in.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 05:16 AM

Hehe, yeah backtrack kinda dumps you in at the the deep end. I played with it for a while but never really made an effort to learn it.
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Posted 08 September 2011 - 08:20 AM

vers. 5 has so many tools built right into it. It is pretty crazy for me to even start anywhere else.

The website also offers so many tutorials/help files as well..

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 12:20 PM

Dual boot? Isn't that outdated :P

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 05:13 AM

Dual boot? Isn't that outdated :P



I was thinking Flash Drive, but since I started going to school full time I am on the go so much I know I will misplace it.
So booting from a USB drive is kinda .... iffy... lol!


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Posted 10 September 2011 - 08:25 AM

I was actually talking about a Virtual Machine, instead of a dual boot :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:14 PM

Oh lol!

I would have to recheck, but I am pretty certain I cannot make use of my Wifi Card using a VM... To do some of my security testing/penetration stuff I would have to be able to utilize the WiFi card in the OS.
That was my reasoning for not going with VMware.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:45 PM

yeah, for networking/security classes it's MUCH better to run it natively.


I'd go ahead and play around with BT5. I ran BT3 for a while, but i only used the liveCD, and didn't do too much with it.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:58 PM

Nevermind I am just going to use BackTrack5.

Gonna dive in.

Right now im using ubuntu but iv tried BT5 as well. IIRC (whih im not sure i am tho) BT5 is basically ubuntu but with some included tools..

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:00 PM

oh wait, no i was using backbox. Thats also fun and has a nice set of tools to get you started.

http://www.backbox.org/

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:50 AM

Nice, I may try and run that off a thumb drive and see how it is.

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