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Old 04-16-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Beginner in Linux .. What the easy type of linux OS I should start with !!


Hello World ..
Iam new in linux .. and I wonna start using it , what type or king of linux shoud I start with !! I want to start from 0 .. I dont have any idea about it .. am good in windows but I wonna learn it .. ??any help !
 
Old 04-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

My first Linux distro was UBUNTU. It is a good choice, I think:

http://ubuntu.com
http://ubuntuforums.org
 
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Old 04-16-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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Fedora or Mint are also good choices.
 
Old 04-16-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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Debian Squeeze is the 1. Everyone says it's 1 of the harder distro's to install, but now the installer does wonders.

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Old 04-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #5
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Ubuntu or Suse.
 
Old 04-16-2011, 03:44 PM   #6
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i would say slackware if you don't mind a not standard graphical installer and some more work than just point and click but if you have done it it makes you more proud and maybe more eager to learn more like happend to me the first time i installed it

also a tip besides from user friendly you should look behind the mayor distro's their goals and what makes them different it makes it easyer to choose

hope this helps if not i am sorry
 
Old 04-17-2011, 05:10 AM   #7
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What about Mandirva !!!
 
Old 04-17-2011, 05:16 AM   #8
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Many newbies prefer Linux Mint. Other newbie friendly distro's are Ubuntu, SuSE and Mandriva.

I don't think I'd include Fedora because it may be too cutting edge, possibly leading to device issues. The default LVM volume can be difficult for new users. Also selinux can be confusing to newbies. Not that Fedora isn't a great distro. I just wouldn't recommend it my Mom if she wanted to switch to Linux.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 05:57 AM   #9
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Edited out - irrelevant post, it seems. Sorry about that, folks.

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Old 04-17-2011, 07:19 AM   #10
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If i wonna lerning linux for the purpose to leran the ethical hacking on its ... which one shoud i choose !!
 
Old 04-17-2011, 07:52 AM   #11
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Ethical hacking? Care to fill us in on what you mean by that?

If you're interested in security, then maybe you should start reading the Security References that unSpawn has collected. They might give you some ideas about what security should be.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 07:59 AM   #12
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Quote:
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If i wonna lerning linux for the purpose to leran the ethical hacking on its
If you're really interested in learning the deeper, inner workings of a Linux system, I'd suggest you start with a more minimalist distro like Slackware or Arch.

This isn't to say that you can't learn quite a bit from a "newbie-friendly" (i.e. good for someone who's switching from Windows/Mac OS) distro, as most Linux distros are the same underneath (save for package management, default software selection, and sometimes init framework). However, in my own personal opinion, something that doesn't boot into a GUI by default is a better way to start for someone who wants to get into the nuts and bolts right off the bat.

EDIT: Hangdog42 beat me to the post, and he's got a good point…it would be appreciated if we knew what you mean(t) exactly by "ethical hacking".

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Old 04-17-2011, 08:10 AM   #13
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I cant understand you exactly ....
I mean by ethical hacking , the wireless and network penetration penetraton ... pc penetration ..security penetration ( for the aim of knowing the way thatI can deffense my self form these king of offensive actions .. ) I know some of programing lanquage .. so I thing that I can do well in that ...
For this aim I wonna know what king of linux OS is more compatibile with my aim !! can any help me !!
 
Old 04-17-2011, 08:30 AM   #14
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i completely get what you mean i think most people that want to learn the so called way of hacking and i mean the blackhat way ask questions like that.
to be honest if you want the ways of the keyboard (the way i call it)
you need to put years and years of learning also your mind and way of thinking needs to be in the right place to even understand and be able to do the stuff you want to do

even while linux is recommended for it it is not 100% needed
but i advice you first to learn programming in multiple big times used languages like c c++ java python and others like that to understand what you can do and be able to do what you want to do.

to be honest i have seen many people to try it but many fail because it takes a lot and i mean really a lot of time and also a lot of determination and again the right mind set

also you can try to give this a look into http://www.abraxax.com/html/certifie...ker_-_ceh.html but personally i see that as a quick know how for morons that want the skill but not put the time into it

but i recommend to give it a good thinking and do a lot of reacher online

now back to topic

you could try to download and burn backtrack http://www.backtrack-linux.org/downloads/ to a dvd and boot it (live disk) or use vmware and download a vmware image
it is used mainly for tasks like this
and for the linux part and the learning for it i recommend picking up a book or 2 and learn from that

i hope this helps you on your way and maybe awnsers some questions in the mean time about the ethical hacking side of your goal for linux if not i am srry that i could not help you
 
Old 04-17-2011, 11:57 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alone_ah.s
I mean by ethical hacking , the wireless and network penetration penetraton ... pc penetration ..security penetration ( for the aim of knowing the way thatI can deffense my self form these king of offensive actions .. ) I know some of programing lanquage .. so I thing that I can do well in that ...
If you think that penetration testing/offensive actions are the starting point for "ethical hacking" you couldn't be more mistaken. Penetration testing is useful ONLY in the context of an overall security plan. If you haven't already developed and deployed security features, penetration testing is almost useless. If you really want to start learning the defensive side, start with the articles in the Security forum, particularly those about system hardening. And by "security plan" I mean things like knowing what services are being exposed to the internet, making sure those services are hardened and/or isolated. Making sure that patches are applied in a regular and reliable fashion. Making sure you have a functional monitoring system so that you know if you've been attacked. Making sure you have appropriate investigation plans in place so you know what to do if you get cracked. Having a good (and tested) backup and recovery plan so you know how to recover from a crack. If you look at the security references, you'll notice that penetration testing makes up a very small number of them. That is because penetration testing is a minor part of overall system security.

And just so you know, wireless penetration testing is completely useless in all cases. You don't need to crack a wireless system to know if it is insecure or not, you just need to know what wireless encryption is being used.
 
  


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