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Since the OP didn't mention what exactly attracted him to Backtrack I am assuming he has some interest in network vulnerability testing. It also seems that he is willing to spend some time and effort to learn. However I agree with the first respondents that it is probably not the best idea to learn both Linux and Network Testing from Backtrack. I use Backtrack so it is not that I don't like it or find it wanting. It's just convenient since anyone can add whatever they don't have to any Linux distro, but Backtrack puts a lot in one specialized product.

If you have serious aspirations of breaking into the very lucrative field of network testing I would suggest you look here - .http://www.tenable.com/

Nessus is a major success story from the Linux world. Originally the scanning suite was Linux only and was only available as a hobby/learning app for free. Now it is a major commercial success, more of a powerhouse than it ever was and is available for download for Windows, Linux, MacOSX, and BSD. There are many possible Linux downloads because they make specific packages for Debian,Fedora, Ubuntu, and Suse to mention a sampling.

Most important to the hobbyist/student is that Nessus has not forgotten it's roots. It is still available for free for Home use. One simply has to register for plugin updates.

Disclaimer - This software is dangerous and you can seriously trash a system if you don't know what you're doing. One of the reasons I mentioned Nessus is that the documentation is superb and because it is a mature, well-integrated package it is easy to learn in a linear step-by-step way. The dangerously aggressive scans are labeled as such so it isn't a powder keg but it is very serious and powerful and deserves to be handled with respect and care.

If this is not what you're after and you just want to explore the power of Linux, it is best to find a distro for beginners that suits you and learn how to add what Backtrack has to that. Then you can carry around Backtrack as a Live OpSys and know how to put it to use anywhere, anytime.
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post #12 of 14
nessus is also in backtrack

anyway, i dont consider backtrack a distro you should install its intended not to be used that way, a usb or live disc is usually where you will see backtrack, and persistent installs arent all that common

a persistent install of backtrack has its benefits, but it would NOT be an every day use OS
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Needless to say, a lot of these tools can be abused. Don't attempt to break into foreign networks without permission.
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on the subject of bt5...

i recently just found out, not only does it not have the cuda pyrit packages in the repos... it doesnt have pyrit in the repos at all

sadness...

more reason to stick to 4r2 for now
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