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I heard linux is better than windows for hacking, cracking etc, I plan to go to school for network and internet security, so I wanted to get whichever linux would be the best for such actions? I would be running kismet also to analyze WLAN also.. I do alot of programming (c#, c++, java, PHP, etc,) so I need the best linux for programming as well, Thanks
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Ubuntu, I guess. Everyone seems to love it.
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Ubuntu is the one most used I think
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I like arch linux. It might be tougher to learn on than ubuntu but it is great for compiling modify packages and generally messing around with the Os without being as hard as gentoo etc.
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ubuntu is probably the most user friendly
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BackTrack is the OS you're looking for, purely from a network/penetration standpoint.
For Linux programming, I'd go for OpenSuse (awesome build service), but Ubuntu would also do fine. Both have access to the same IDE's
    
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Dear God, the responses so far are TERRIBLE. Don't recommend you favorite distro with absolutely no justification. What does that add to the thread?

Here's the thing to know: GNU/Linux has many different distributions (alternate versions of the OS) and these each have a philosophy that they use to maintain and build their distro. All GNU/Linux programs can [for the most part] run on all distributions. So you could have all the hacking, cracking, programming tools on ANY distribution of GNU/Linux. However, there are some distros with philosophies of which you could take advantage. For example, Backtrack is a GNU/Linux distribution that is designed to be a penetration testing suite that boots from CD and always has a clean environment. However, you could always download all of those same applications and set up any other GNU/Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, Debian, Fedora) to do exactly the same things as Backtrack. However, if you don't want to use GNU/Linux full time, Backtrack is a useful tool to be burned to a CD near you.
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That would be pclos of course!Just try it and see.
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post #9 of 13
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Dear God, the responses so far are TERRIBLE. Don't recommend you favorite distro with absolutely no justification. What does that add to the thread?

Here's the thing to know: GNU/Linux has many different distributions (alternate versions of the OS) and these each have a philosophy that they use to maintain and build their distro. All GNU/Linux programs can [for the most part] run on all distributions. So you could have all the hacking, cracking, programming tools on ANY distribution of GNU/Linux. However, there are some distros with philosophies of which you could take advantage. For example, Backtrack is a GNU/Linux distribution that is designed to be a penetration testing suite that boots from CD and always has a clean environment. However, you could always download all of those same applications and set up any other GNU/Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu, Arch, Gentoo, Debian, Fedora) to do exactly the same things as Backtrack. However, if you don't want to use GNU/Linux full time, Backtrack is a useful tool to be burned to a CD near you.
Agree with you here, although i know the bare minium about linux, ive used backtrack and its the route you want to go, even have it on a memory stick or live CD to use. Has a huge amount of tools to use, learn and play with. On the other hand, if you want something easy and pretty to look at get ubuntu and install the tools you need!

You should try them both out on live CD or memory stick, see how you find them
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Which options should I choose, I have a 64 bit processor so I was going to get 64 bit, what about WM flavor?

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