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Old 01-12-2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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Default Configuring Linux Backtrack

Does anyone have advice as to how I should do this? I'm really interested in trying it out, because apparently it makes Windows look extremely stupid. Anything that makes Windows look stupid is a big plus for me :thumbs:
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Old 01-12-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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for newbs i suggest using ubuntu, really
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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Arete: Backtrack is a specialist distribution. I don't recall you being into hacking and digital forensics, but I might be wrong...
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:43 PM   #4
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for newbs i suggest using ubuntu, really
Indeed, that's really the easiest way for beginners.
http://www.ubuntu.com/

.... and they have a user friendly forum if you need some help.
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Thanks guys. I'll give it a try. Until then it'll be XP with service pack three. And the IT guys have it, and i liked the look of it very much.
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I'm really interested in trying it out, because apparently it makes Windows look extremely stupid. Anything that makes Windows look stupid is a big plus for me :thumbs:
I installed Ubuntu a few days ago, just to try it out. The installation was fast and easy (but so was Windows 7 installation) and Ubuntu's user interface is easy to learn. I now have a dual boot machine (Ubuntu/Windows 7) and I prefer using Windows.

Ubuntu has completely frozen twice, Firefox chashed about 5 times and DOSBox didn't run properly with the default settings (sound was stuttering in every game). Also, Ubuntu seems to be a bit slower than Windows 7. So far I haven't had any trouble with Windows 7.

What I really like about Ubuntu is the ability to install applications from the software center without having to search the internet and download installers. Also, there are lot's of free programs for Linux.
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arete, you can always install Ubuntu through Windows via wubi. It is included in the LiveCD, and will autorun if you insert the LiveCD on Windows. Of course this way Ubuntu will run much slower than normal, that is to be expected (your mileage may vary). But it is easier to remove if you ever want to do so, since with wubi your Ubuntu installation is just like a Windows program.

At work I use Ubuntu and/or PCLinuxOS. They are easiest for beginner (myself included). Backtrack Linux is slackware-based, which up until now I still have not felt I am ready to use it. Nowadays I only boot to Windows stricly for Windows games. In fact a few Windows games might run in Linux with wine (Torchlight, for example). For everything else, there's Mastercard... er, I mean Ubuntu So yeah, I much prefer Linux over any Windows versions.
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I installed Ubuntu a few days ago, just to try it out. The installation was fast and easy (but so was Windows 7 installation) and Ubuntu's user interface is easy to learn. I now have a dual boot machine (Ubuntu/Windows 7) and I prefer using Windows.

Ubuntu has completely frozen twice, Firefox chashed about 5 times and DOSBox didn't run properly with the default settings (sound was stuttering in every game). Also, Ubuntu seems to be a bit slower than Windows 7. So far I haven't had any trouble with Windows 7.

What I really like about Ubuntu is the ability to install applications from the software center without having to search the internet and download installers. Also, there are lot's of free programs for Linux.
One reason it could be running a bit slower is that there is a proprietary driver required for your system.

Try: System>Administration>Hardware Drivers, and see if anything pops up in the list that you could install.

Also, for DOSBox, to reduce the stuttering (I haven't yet got it removed completely, though), go to /home/<user name here>/.dosbox/ and edit your sound config in dosbox-0.73.conf. I did notice, however, that the stuttering was nonexistent in Fedora Linux, but present in Ubuntu. Also, the stuttering was nonexistent in Ubuntu 9.04, but started in 9.10. Odd.
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i really wonder why did this get resurrected :S
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Try: System>Administration>Hardware Drivers, and see if anything pops up in the list that you could install.
IIRC, there's only two drivers for my wlan card (I'm on Windows now ).

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Also, for DOSBox, to reduce the stuttering (I haven't yet got it removed completely, though), go to /home/<user name here>/.dosbox/ and edit your sound config in dosbox-0.73.conf. I did notice, however, that the stuttering was nonexistent in Fedora Linux, but present in Ubuntu. Also, the stuttering was nonexistent in Ubuntu 9.04, but started in 9.10. Odd.
Yep, I found this out myself. Looks like lots of people are having similar problems. Changing the mixer rate in dosbox.conf helps.

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i really wonder why did this get resurrected :S
Because The_Lemming wants everybody to use Linux and nuke Windows.
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