Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Backtrack 5 released - my first look at it

After much anticipation Backtrack 5 is here, as promised and on schedule. I've downloaded and run up a VM. Here's my first screenshot of it. It looks cool:

I've gone with the Gnome VM, as I used to use Ubuntu, so I thought I would try it out with the Gnome desktop first. However, I am so used to KDE now, I may go back to that - not sure, too much choice!

I usually use Backtrack as my main OS (total immersion is good for learning all the tools). I will run this VM for a few days, before taking the plunge, blowing away BT4 and installing BT5.

One thing to note on the VMs is that they are packed with 7zip, so you will need to do the following to unpack them (if you are using BT4 as your main OS)

apt-get install p7zip
7z x BT5-GNOME-VM-32.7z

This is a very short post, as I am going to be busy today (My SANS 542 course-ware arrived this morning as well, so lots to do!)

(I can already see that more things work well straight out of the box)


  1. So how do you install with the Zipped package?

  2. Erm: First "apt-get install p7zip", then "7z x BT5-GNOME-VM-32.7z", but if you didn't understand that, and are not currently using some form of Linux, then this OS is probably not for you

  3. I think what anonm. was saying as all of us are wondering after you unpack them how would you install BT5, also what if you are running windows and you want to make a clean install. thank you ben.

  4. Ok - I see, if you are new to backtrack I would recommend the following:
    1) Run Backtrack from a DVD
    2) Run Backtrack in VMware

    (Normally I run Backtrack in a VM most of the time, so that I can use Windows as well. I love Linux, but Windows still does some things better)