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Whch Linux Distribution do you recommend?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by aliskorn, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. aliskorn

    aliskorn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I see there are a lot of distributions available and since I never used neither of them, I thought I will ask some open source lovers.
     
  2. letusgo

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    Debian my favorite !
     
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  3. kanshu

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    Ubuntu Linux. I've seen 2 or 3 different distributions and Ubuntu is better. I haven't tried Debian yet.

    There is also a distribution which is ideal for hackers and/or security professionals, BackTrack. I haven't tried it yet, but once I buy another PC, I will try it. Definitely.
     
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    showboytridin Regular Member

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    If you never used Linux before I recommend Ubuntu. Fedora is very good too.
     
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  5. xSubZer0x

    xSubZer0x Junior Member

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    i agree for starters use ubuntu very easy to use and has alot of packages :D
     
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    TheSlugClub BANNED BANNED

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    Ubuntu is the best out there. If you need more eyecandy, try gOS 3.1 which is an ubuntu derivative.
     
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    UBUNTU!
    I have used it and works smoothly, no problem for new users!
     
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    Ubuntu Linux, way forward, for most BH applications, you can find a linux alteritive, I had a PERL script which could download EVERY youtube video for a keyword. :)
     
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  9. rawturtle

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    For the most appealing graphical interface, use Mandriva Linux.

    Ubuntu is the most easy to use but not the safest.

    After 1-2 years you could try to use Slackware.

    If you want to do "security testing" use the Backtrack distribution (you do not have to install anything, it runs from CD).

    I find Debian to be a tough experience for a beginner :p :prof01:
     
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    Debian :D
     
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    Ubuntu ftw.

    Tried Ubuntu, Suse + Debian and prefer Ubuntu.
     
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    i think that UBUNTU will be ok for you. You can order free cd on project site or just download image and burn with cdwriter.
    It is simple and stable distro. Good for start.
     
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  13. aliskorn

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    Wow, thanks for the replies guys! being a *nix noob, I will try ubuntu.

    Does anybody know if I can boot ubuntu from a logical partition, or am I able to boot only from a primary partition(like windows does)? I wanna dual boot :D
     
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    I use Debian, Ubuntu is basically based of off debian, I tried Ubuntu but didn't like it.
     
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  15. masterwaldo

    masterwaldo Registered Member

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    go for ubuntu...easy transition from windows.

    wait for another 6 days and you'll get the latest version of ubuntu.
     
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  16. aliskorn

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    I think I`ll wait then ! :D
     
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    Have to go with ubuntu, and yes you can dual boot.

    Better yet, you can get virtualbox on ubuntu, and just load virtual xp machines when you need xp for something.
     
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    a year ago i would've suggested pclinuxos, but with the way things are going with development you'd be much better off trying ubuntu. i may switch to that myself if things don't cool down.

    if you're gonna go with ubuntu, then go with kubuntu. it uses the kde file manager which gives you total control over your pc. ubuntu is lacking in many areas because it uses the gnome file manager. you can also run kubuntu from the cd without having to install it.

    be aware that most versions of linux won't play .mp3, .avi, or .mpg files unless you install the software drivers from the repo first, this is due to legal issues. so don't expect to be watching porn or listening to britney spears right after you install it. :D :D

    1. fedora: http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-kde

    2. pclinuxos: http://pclinuxos.com

    3. kubuntu: http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu

    there isn't much difference between the makes, but do pay attention to the after-market support. some of these versions are made by guys working out of their mother's basement.

    note: if you decide to download the program, make sure that you *only* use a torrent. if you direct download via url then there is a good chance the file will be corrupted by the time it gets to you. and be sure to verify the data before you burn it to cd. a ruined disk is worthless.
     
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  19. asoduk

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    I'd actually go with Mint for noobs. It is ubuntu, but has all of the codecs and stuff that people need preinstalled. Its hard to transition to linux when you have to figure out how to work an RPM or compile something just to have youtube work. Most distros now let you run them from CD as well to try them out.
     
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    If you're new, go with Ubuntu. Easy peasy