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This time on the show, Cookies beware! It's Session Hijacking time. Darren reports from Automate 2011 with a 28 foot multi-touch bar. Plus, websites made easy with Komposer, a Backtrack vs Blackbuntu review and a whole lot more.

Emails: Computer models and Blackbuntu vs Backtrack

Victor writes: I was wondering whats the computer that you usually have in the show cause it looks really good i think i might want to get one but i don't know the model or manufacturer.

Darren and Shannon have both recently upgraded to the 11.6" Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T. Darren has the Intel Core i7 version while Shannon has opted for the i3.

Prior to these Shannon was using the 9" Acer Aspire One and the 10" Nokia Booklet 3G while Darren has had the 7" ASUS eee PC 701, 9" Acer Aspire One and 15" ASUS N53J.

Juan writes: I was watching episode 903 and at the end you mention Blackbuntu. I have use Backtrack before but have never herd of Blackbuntu I start it to poking around the internet and found not only Blackbuntu but GnackTrack too both are sort of the same idea both are base on ubuntu both use gnome and both have the standard Backtrack program suit so I was think all tree of them make for a good head to head battle or just for a review

Darren has been playing with Blackbuntu for about a week now. Prior to that he's been using BackTrack since 3.0, but never as a primary OS. Here are some of his initial observations:

  • Blackbuntu is based on ubuntu 10.10 using Gnome as the window manager and contains a similar feature set to BackTrack.
  • BackTrack is more established, while Blackbuntu is on version 0.2 it's counterpart BackTrack is nearing beta of version 5.
  • BackTrack is the basis for the Offensive Security courses and certifications, which teach all sorts of pentesting and wireless attacks in both live-in-person and online learning scenarios
  • In comparison to BackTrack, Blackbuntu doesn't have much of a community. You're more likely to find tutorials and help for BackTrack
  • That said, most of what you'd do with BackTrack will run very similarly on Blackbuntu.
  • The biggest strong point Blackbuntu has in my book is the fact that it's a highly customized version of Ubuntu with Gnome, which I'm already familiar with, and to me is better suited as a primary Linux OS.
  • Then again I've run into stability issues with Blackbuntu that have me, for the time being, switching back to Backtrack 4r2
  • I'll reassess these in the near future when BackTrack 5 debuts, which will be both 32 and 64 bit compatible, running on Ubuntu 10.04 with official support for KDE, Gnome and Fluxbox

Cookies beware, we're Session Hijacking! Blackbuntu vs BackTrack, Komposer and a 28 foot multi-touch bar!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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