Review: BackTrack 2 security live CD

Tuesday, 24 April 2007, 6:35 PM EST

BackTrack is a live CD Linux distribution that focuses on penetration testing. A merger of two older security-related distros -- Whax and Auditor Security Collection -- BackTrack bundles more than 300 security tools.

BackTrack is based on the SLAX distribution (a live CD derived from Slackware) and runs a patched 2.6.20 kernel. It offers users both KDE and Fluxbox desktop environments.

To start using BackTrack, download the ISO image and burn it to a CD. Insert the disc and boot your machine. Once booted, the system start at runlevel 3 (text mode), where you must log in as root and choose whether to start KDE or Fluxbox or just use the terminal.

At Linux.com

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