Ubuntu with Bactrack tools, or Backtrack with Ubuntu software center?

Finally got a laptop with enough umfff to run usable virtual machines on, and want to play around with linux.

Iv had some really basic experience with Backtrack5 KDE…but, really want to get au fait with Ubuntu.

So, was wondering what the best approach would be for combining BT5 and Ubuntu…?

Install Ubuntu, then add Backtrack tools?

Backtrack GNOME with Ubuntu software center?

I know the best way would probably be a separate VM for each Distro…but, would like to save some disk space and keep everything on one VM.

Thanks in advance for your help!

How many times do I have to say this: STAY. THE. HELL. AWAY. FROM. UBUNTU.

Backtrack 5 is old; it is still useful, but it is older, and generally much less efficient. Ubuntu, ever since 11.04, has had a partnership with Amazon, in which they sell the search history to Amazon to target ads and products. If you are going to use BT5, at least use Arch Linux or Linux Mint.

Idealy, you would ues Kali Linux. It is an all-in-one BT Linux distro, and is very useful. Basically, it is the new version of BT, but it also comes with lots of other tools and software that makes it an insanely useful tool. It may not be nearly the same as actually knowing what is behind the software, and really knowing what is going on, but the tools are advanced enough to where even a master pentester couldn't get to using everything available, unless he/she really tried.

TL;DR Kali.

Thanks guys.

Regards post 11.04 Ubuntu, can you not just put  "sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping" in a terminal to remove it?

Was just keen to learn a little about Ubuntu due to how popular its become, and BT as its a subject im interested in.

....off to get Kali!

If you've had little experience with Linux systems, I suggest you first Learn Linux The Hard Way. Once you're comfortable with a particular distro, grab and compile the packages on your system. I've used Backtrack since v3, and it always packs issues with it, because it is a deliberate minimalistic distro, due to security reasons, and there were exploits for their particular custom kernel.

Until then, just use Kali.

Force yourself to spend as much time as possible in the terminal. E.g. rather than using the GUI to do tasks like finding things on your drive, copying files, killing processes, etc. learn to use the terminal commands.

The terminal is very VERY powerful and once you master the basics you will be more efficient than any of your mouse-bound friends.

Oh yes, and I would install Arch as well and install Kali with Virtual Box. Kali has the Live bootdisk mode which you probably know about. You could use this method whenever you are in the mood for pentesting. You don't need much ram or diskspace for Kali.

Another 2 cents... If you are looking for a stable server environement, you can't go wrong with CentOS.

How many times do I have to say this: STAY. THE. HELL. AWAY. FROM. UBUNTU.

1. Say why you should stay away from Ubuntu.

2. Repeating something wrong doesn't make it right.

3. If this

Ubuntu, ever since 11.04, has had a partnership with Amazon, in which they sell the search history to Amazon to target ads and products.

Is the reason why you say everyone should stay away from Ubuntu, you should consider speaking for yourself. I for one use ubuntu without unity and the amazon lense. Others might, too. Other might not care because it's anonym.

The statment is wrong, also. They don't sell anything to amaon, they instead show anonymous search results from amazon and get a percentage if you buy the product from the lense.

I don't see the need to install an operating system for the single purpose of hacking. They only bundle a bunch of programs you can install easily on most gnu/linux based systems.

Backtrack, Kali, Fedora Security spin, and other security or pentest distros are tools, they are live distros to work in a hostile or forensic environment, they are not meant to be installed on the metal and used as a daily distro.

BT5 is based on Ubuntu 10.04, which was still good, but is old now. Kali is based on Debian, and is therefore much more solid and reliable than Ubuntu.

Installing the packages that are prepackaged with BT/Kali on a general use distro, is not such a great idea, because these tools should be used in a dedicated environment. Using these tools put your computer at risk, depending on what you use it on, these risks can be great. Kali Linux/BT always run as root, so that's simply hugely unsafe to use for daily computing.

For daily use, just install the major distro of your choice. There are 7 major distros and some of them have good derivatives. The 7 main distros are (in no particular order): Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora/RHEL/CentOS, OpenSuSE/SuSE, Mageia/ROSA, Slackware and Gentoo. All of these have a different approach and different primary directives/emphasis/philosophy, you just try to use them and find out which suits you best. Communities and/or companies make derivatives for particular purposes. Ubuntu is a derivative of Debian made by a commercial company with the goal of making money from the sales of software and advertisements. Kali Linux is made by a company with the goal of advertising the company's expertise in the field of pentesting and security forensics, they want to sell their professional security services by showing off their tools. Fedora has Spins for different purposes or Korora Linux etc... which are made by communities. There are two kinds of derivatives: remixes and true derivatives. Remixes or spins are core major GNU/Linux distros with a particular selection of software packages perinstalled. Fedora Spins is well known, but the most well-known is SuSE Studio, which is an online remixing service provided for free by Novell, that allows users to log in and select what kind of Linux distro they want with what features and software, and a custom distro is built for the user right there online to download for free and install, and you can even save that remix for others to download (would be a great idea for TekSyndicateOS by the way). True derivatives are based on a core major distro, but then changed to serve particular purposes, for example the integration of non-free and open source or "tainted" software components, the integration of spyware or advertisements, the integration of a paying software center, the integration of proprietary software to monopolise the platform, etc... but also for instance to make a noob-friendly distro that can be used/installed/configured by anyone, like Korora as a derivative of Fedora or Manjaro Linux as a derivative of Arch Linux, or to make a special purpose distro, like Kali Linux as a derivative of Debian.

Next to your daily use distro, you can then have Kali Linux as a live distro on a USB drive or a DVD to perform pentesting.