Best *nix for hacking

Discuss the security implications of the various flavors of linux and unix

Best *nix for hacking in your opinion?

Fedora Core
12
30%
Gentoo
7
18%
Knoppix
2
5%
Slackware
18
45%
Mac OS X
1
3%
 
Total votes : 40

Best *nix for hacking

Post by RUSKI_HAKER on Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:53 pm
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Hi
I'm new in HTS and i want to switch to LINUX, or some UNIX based systems. I have some experience with LINUX (Ubuntu, Linpus, Gentoo a little, BackTrack, Auditor) and I'm searching for some professional system. Some people recommended me Fedora Core, Mandrake, Slackware, Knoppix etc. I don't need something for playing games, but for programming and hacking.
And what do you think about Mac OS X (which is based on UNIX)?
Which LINUX do you recommend to me?
Please feel freely to say what you think.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by tgoe on Sat Oct 04, 2008 3:29 pm
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I don't think that there is a single best choice. Just pick one that seems right for you and run with it. I'm biased toward FreeBSD, myself. But I do keep a working debian system running under qemu to familiarize myself with Linux. It also makes it easy to write programs that run the same on both systems.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by Elligari on Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:03 pm
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I've used Fedora Core for a long time, but to be honest i can't place my bias towards it.

I'd have to recommend Debian or FreeBSD to you. Though there really isn't a difference their environments are better towards it in my opinion. It's mainly a preference.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by The Lieutenant on Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:20 am
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I voted Fedora my favorite distro just because. But there really isn't an os that is "better" for hacking. For a long time I constantly switched distros to find one that suited me. So you should just keep trying until you find something that suits you.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by anonHacker on Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:45 pm
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For Linux, it's LFS.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by stochastic-lies on Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:44 pm
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I personally would vote for slackware, im just comfy with it, thats all.

You might find this link helpful: http://www.darknet.org.uk/2006/03/10-best-security-live-cd-distros-pen-test-forensics-recovery/

If by the best "hacking" distro your referring to penetration :D of networks, or your own computer (aka, your boss's computer when he goes to lunch), then some of these might be helpful (because of the preloaded tools etc).
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by dev_urandom on Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:48 pm
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Doesn't really make a difference as far as I'm concerned - it's largely preference. I voted slackware just for kicks. Me personally, I'm using fedora (not core, core and fedora repos are now unified - there's only fedora now officially) and it seems alright.
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by vladiftodi on Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:34 pm
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extremely bad choises...
if macOS was included why not freeBSD?
and backtrack was made with security in mind unlike all the other distros...
and considering the nature of linux you could make without much pain ubuntu a hacker friendly enviroment pertty much like most distros out there :)
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by robbeejoe on Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:35 am
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I voted slack because Im using it for a while now, Idont know much about other distros but Linux is just Linux you can change it to your needs..

You mentioned BackTrack, I recently tried a live cd and it comes with a variety of hacking tools..
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Re: Best *nix for hacking

Post by SunSpyda on Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:10 pm
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RUSKI_HAKER wrote:Hi
I'm new in HTS and i want to switch to LINUX, or some UNIX based systems. I have some experience with LINUX (Ubuntu, Linpus, Gentoo a little, BackTrack, Auditor) and I'm searching for some professional system. Some people recommended me Fedora Core, Mandrake, Slackware, Knoppix etc. I don't need something for playing games, but for programming and hacking.
And what do you think about Mac OS X (which is based on UNIX)?
Which LINUX do you recommend to me?
Please feel freely to say what you think.


Backtrack for offensive, and OpenBSD for defensive. Simply because they are convenient, because it's what both of them are built to do.

Debian is good, simply because it has a vast array of tools out there (More than most other Linuces), and it's kernel is reasonably robust. It's Apt package system doesn't break either, unlike many other Linuces COUGH* RPM *COUGH.

I wouldn't really agree that OS X is based off UNIX. It runs a Mach/BSD kernel. Mach isn't Unix. Although it does contain BSD code in it, it's more Mach. But Apple bought the UNIX trademark, so they can call it so. It shares few advantages from BSD in my experience.
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