I am a big fan of Linux, there is so much more freedom to how you want to work with your PC. As recent as about a year ago, I became fascinated with IT security and system penetration testing. This is where Kali Linux comes in.
Although I am not a system pentest expert, I have downloaded and installed both blackbuntu (pentest distro of Ubuntu/Debian) and Backtrack – Debian based penetration testing linux. Both of these Operating Systems, as cool as they are were designed and assembled by experienced hackers to be used by experienced hackers. Most of the applications are written in Python and work in a very particular way. This is great for people in the Pentest business, but not so conducive for someone learning on their own.
I recently downloaded the new distribution of Backtrack, now called Kali Linux. According to the development group, this new version of backtrack is more intuitive than ever. Boasting over 300 pentest tools that have been tested and work properly. I am sure this will be a big help for a n00b like myself.
Another great feature is that this version runs Gnome desktop right out of the box (image box that is…). If Gnome is not your choice, users with specific needs can customize their own distro.
Anyway, wanted to give the people working on the Kali Linux project a big shout out and thank nixCraft for originally leading me to this information.
Check out the Kali Linux project at:
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