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Old 04-16-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Pen-testing with Linux Mint?


A little background:
I use a live SD card install of Backtrack 3 on my Eee PC. Last week I installed Linux Mint 6 Felicia to replace Xubuntu on the SSD. I originally wanted Cruncheee but it wouldn't install properly, and I prefer Fluxbox anyway.

I'm going to put Linux on my new Studio Slim 540s. As my main system, it needs to run media/web browsing/etc. with a minimum of effort on my part, so I'm leaning heavily towards Linux Mint over Slackware (which I've never used, outside of Backtrack, but I'm curious about). My questions are:

How easy will it be to simply look up the list of software on Backtrack and add it to LM as I need it?

Are there any limitations of the distro itself that could potentially hinder utilizing the system in this manner? For example, if I'm reading tutorials for Backtrack but executing them in LM, are there any near-insurmountable barriers I need to be aware of?

Has anyone had hardware trouble with these Dell Studio Slim systems? On the Ubuntu forums I've found 4 threads about soundcard problems, but they've largely been resolved. I'll be adding a new Seasonic 300W PSU and a Sparkle 9800GT card soon, hopefully they'll work fine.
 
Old 04-16-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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How easy will it be to simply look up the list of software on Backtrack and add it to LM as I need it?
It is very easy. It depends on your mileage.

What software on Backtrack you are planning to install?

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Are there any limitations of the distro itself that could potentially hinder utilizing the system in this manner?
Version of kernel, I guess. Since Backtrack is very dependent on kernel modules and its patch.
 
Old 04-17-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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How easy will it be to simply look up the list of software on Backtrack and add it to LM as I need it?
Well, that is really easy, you just have to look at what it is in Backtrack, and then open Synaptic, and look for the program, if it is not there, look around online for it, I'm sure you would be bale to find a .deb for it.

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it needs to run media/web browsing/etc. with a minimum of effort on my part
Are there any limitations of the distro itself that could potentially hinder utilizing the system in this manner?
This is what Mint was made for, all needed codecs, web plugins, and everything else you may need, is pre-installed when you install the system.
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Has anyone had hardware trouble with these Dell Studio Slim systems?
I have not seen anyone asking about this system, but if you do have an issue, you can always go to the Mint forums, ask, and you will get a ton of responses, or go onto the Mint irc channel, (it is the default when you open XChat in Mint), and ask there if you are looking for instant gratification.
As for the rest of you hardware, Nvidia is a very good choice for a video card, as the Nvidia Linux support is far superior to ATI's.
 
Old 04-18-2009, 08:27 PM   #4
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What software on Backtrack you are planning to install?
For now just the basic Wifi-related tools: kismet, aircrack suite, nmap, etc. As I become more proficient I'll expand with Metasploit and netdiscover, but honestly I don't even know what most of the stuff BT has even DOES.

I also picked up a copy of Kernighan & Ritchie's "The C Programming Language" so I can start learning C as well.

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As for the rest of you hardware, Nvidia is a very good choice for a video card, as the Nvidia Linux support is far superior to ATI's.
That's good news. The parts should be here next week, just as the semester ends so I can focus on installing them without distractions.
 
Old 04-18-2009, 09:16 PM   #5
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For now just the basic Wifi-related tools: kismet, aircrack suite, nmap, etc.
I am sure your distro has included those in the package.


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but honestly I don't even know what most of the stuff BT has even DOES.
I or someone here can elaborate the software (s) or give you clues, but I do not know if people here will agree on that.
 
Old 05-23-2009, 12:13 PM   #6
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Yes, you will find kismet, wireshark, aircrack etc all in the repositories and can find the relevant files for Metasploit should you use it- The repositories are Ubuntu's and Mint is rather close to Ubuntu so I don't imagine it would need much tweaking to get it running properly.

@ the post above me- I'd look at the Remote Exploit Wiki and find out what it includes if you're really interested.

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