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First Look: BackTrack 3.0

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Among the distributions specialising in security and penetration testing, the SLAX-based WHAX (previously Whoppix) has always been one of the most in-demand live CDs. In recent months, however, its developers combined their knowledge and resources with those of Auditor Security Linux to produce a new live CD, called BackTrack. After a brief period of testing, the first beta of the new distribution was released last week. So what is BackTrack like?

Like SLAX, the BackTrack live CD boots into a command line prompt with instructions to log in as root. Although most security tools are accessible from the terminal, the real power of BackTrack comes in after starting the graphical interface. This is done by typing "startx", a command that will launch the KDE desktop (you might want to update the /etx/X11/xorg.conf file to replace the default "vesa" driver with the proper driver for your video card, and change the screen resolution, if necessary). Networking is not enabled by default, but if your network card has been detected correctly and you use DHCP, you can activate it by typing "dhcpd" in a terminal window. Wireless networking is also supported.

Once on the desktop, you will immediately notice the "BackTrack" submenu on the KDE panel.

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