OK, this is the end to all of the repeated questions that this forum gets clogged with because new users are too lazy to search the forums or experiment a little.

So, Back|Track is the latest (and soon to be greatest when it's finished!) linux liveCD distribution. A linux liveCD is a special type of linux that runs directly from the CD. First you need to download the ISO file from the website. This is a direct, byte by byte copy of the CD. You will then have to burn this ISO file to a CD as an 'image'. You will need some CD burning software that supports the burning of images (Nero e.g.)

Once you have correctly burnt the ISO image to the CD, you can now put it into a machine and reboot it. Assuming that the BIOS boots off of the CD drive before the Hard Drive (HDD), it will start booting into Back|Track Linux! Great!

So Linux is booting! Now what? You wait until a screen like the following appears:

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:: Backtrack 3.0 :: :: Beta Edition::


Back
Track



login: root
password: toor


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*** When finished, hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and
wait until the computer reboots ***
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slax login:_


Now this is important! Read the f**king screen! To login you must enter the username of root and the password of toor. Simple really. You read the screen and you got your answer.

So what next. You could simply use the linux liveCD from the shell, the 'command prompt thingy' that you have access to right now. Try typing some basic linux commands and see that you have a full linux operating system (OS) at your disposal. I know of penetration testers that only use the shell prompt, but for most that is not enough. Next you want to start the KDE desktop.

Type the following:
xconf

Which should result in the following:
Trying to autoconfigure Xwindow system, please wait...
creating /etc/X11/xorg.conf...
all done. Run startx now.


Great, you've now configured your Xwindows system for your display.

Type:
startx

Now Back|Track starts KDE. The full desktop environment.

You could also start fluxbox by typing:
guifast

That is for another time, tip: right click!

So you entered startx and you started the KDE desktop. You are now presented with a desktop with the normal options, the 'K' menu button (bottom left) and other shortcuts on the taskbar. Explore! Click on things and have a look around. This is probably the best thing you can do right now, explore. Don't be afraid of breaking the OS as it runs off of a CD, it's read only! You cannot write to the CD, therefore you cannot change or break anything on it.

Now you are going to need to start your network interfaces. That depends on what kind of network cards you have. Lets start with wired ethernet cards. If you have a Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) server that automatically assigns network addresses (Internet Protocol (IP) addresses) this is easy. You need to start the DHCP client:
dhcpcd

This will start DHCP discovery on all cards that support it. To run dhcp on only a specified interface, in this case the first ethernet card (eth0):
dhcpcd eth0

Now type:
ifconfig

You should get the interface details of all active cards, including your local loopback card (google it!)

In fact, on that subject, Google is your friend. Remember that scene in 'The Matrix' when Neo and Trinity rescue Morpheus? Neo asks Trinity if she can fly a helicopter, she flickers her eyes for a few seconds and says "I can now". That is what google is to you. If you do not know something, google it. For anything specific to Back|Track, Auditor or Whax then you should search this forum. It is full of knowledgeable people who are willing to help anyone who has shown the effort to try and learn things for themselves.

Now comes the section that will save this forum from complete collapse!

Configuring your Back|Track.

So you've seen the screenshot on the website and you're wondering what the system monitor program is? Bring up a bash prompt, the second icon on the taskbar that looks like a command prompt, and type:
leetmode

This starts a system monitor. You can move it around the screen so it suits you, but remember that the CD is read only, what changes you make during your session are only active for that session. When you restart, you will need to start the program again.

What next? Another cool little tool is yakuake. What the f**k is that I hear you ask? It is a little tool that gives you quick access to the bash prompt. From a bash prompt type:
yakuake

Now press F12 to open and close a drop down bash prompt.

As for the 'security tools' that appear on this distribution, that is beyond this thread. This is to stop the unending questions about the basics of the distro.

More follows.