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    Default I'm not sure the BT4 is suitable for me

    Just like the title,I'm a student which is interest in linux.But I'm not adept to it.As a beginner,what should I learn before I can drive the BT4 expertly?Please tell me in detail,thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: I'm not sure the BT4 is suitable for me

    If you need to ask then no you are not ready. However all is not lost. Go grab ubuntu or any other beginner linux distro and start learning how to navigate and admin the box per the command line. Leave the GUI alone. Learn to configure things from the shell. Learn TCP/IP and other basic networking skills. Not saying you can't do this with BT but it will not really be as easy. Not to mention you will likely get stuck with a linux -basics problem and not get the best help that is out there for such. We don't really cater to the basics, whereas ubuntu forum loves the beginner. Also the tool set in BT is designed with a purpose in mind and will most likely only serve as a distraction to your learning progress.
    For more info see also this thread.
    http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...ad-thread.html

    And don't worry BT is probably not going anywhere anytime soon, so you can always come back. For further proof of the types of questions that are asked see the beginner's section here and take a look at the average post.

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    Default Re: I'm not sure the BT4 is suitable for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Joker101409122 View Post
    Just like the title,I'm a student which is interest in linux.But I'm not adept to it.As a beginner,what should I learn before I can drive the BT4 expertly?Please tell me in detail,thanks a lot.
    In addition to what Archangel.Amael said, you should know that BackTrack is designed to be a Linux distro for a very specific class of user; namely, those who do work in the Information Security sector. To effectively use BT4, not only do you have to have a working knowledge of Linux and have a security mindset, but you have to be well versed in things from TCP/IP protocols to how packets are crafted. If you have an interest in infosec, then BT may be something you'll want to work up to, but it certainly isn't where you want to start. On the other hand, if you have no interest in the subject, then BT is something that will be completely useless to you. In either case, you should start off with a generic distro -such as Ubuntu- that's more forgiving for a beginner to use, and is not designed for the specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel.Amael View Post
    For further proof of the types of questions that are asked see the beginner's section here and take a look at the average post.
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    Check out Slackware Linux, or Ubuntu. The Ubuntu forums are an awesome resource for Linux beginners.

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    I started my life with linux from BT4. Now Im mainly using BT4 and Ubuntu as my main opereting system.

    In first 2 months you will learn a lot, just remember you are not probably the first to face some problems - google is your friend. its alo recommended to read these forums and try some interesting looking Howtos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfdone View Post

    In first 2 months you will learn a lot, just remember you are not probably the first to face some problems - google is your friend.
    Some of us think of google as more of a big brother.
    A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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    Well its probably also it, but it helps and you can use other searches if you want. Google is just the most common one. in my opinion google it means search it from net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfdone View Post
    I started my life with linux from BT4. Now Im mainly using BT4 and Ubuntu as my main opereting system.

    In first 2 months you will learn a lot, just remember you are not probably the first to face some problems - google is your friend. its alo recommended to read these forums and try some interesting looking Howtos.
    I'm just curious as to why you did things that way. Are you interested in infosec as a career?

    Quote Originally Posted by halfdone View Post
    Well its probably also it, but it helps and you can use other searches if you want. Google is just the most common one.
    It may also be arguably the worst one if you're at all concerned about your privacy.
    Quote Originally Posted by halfdone View Post
    in my opinion google it means search it from net.
    Funny, in my opinion, it means "let everyone know what you're searching"; but I digress.
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    in terms of whether backtrack is right for you, you're going to have to decide that for yourself. no one will know that but you. take a look at yourself, how your mind works, do you see something new and instead of thinking "ohhh shiny" you think "can we take that apart and see how that works." if you do you've already got a great start. the rest is just leg work. i came into backtrack almost 6 years ago when it was 0.4 or something, and my specific intention was in fact, getting free internet(now i'm pursuing a career in the infosec field). however that changed as i spent more and more time reading the posts from the community here, they were here to help me with all my questions, good and bad. and i learned through them what backtrack really was. not merely a software distribution, rather a community, a mindset, and a way of life. these are the people you surround yourself with. so is backtrack right for you? i don't know, but when you figure that out, myself and the rest of the community will be here to help you if it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorn View Post
    I'm just curious as to why you did things that way. Are you interested in infosec as a career?
    Well Im interested on wlan and lan security and yes Im interested of infosec carieer or someting like that. actually I used Ubuntu 6 or 7 years ago.

    I use ubuntu 9.10 now because using Jasager with gnome is easyer that with kde
    Last edited by halfdone; 04-13-2010 at 09:56 AM.

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