As an Information Technology professional, if you have heard of Linux, you have probably heard others refer to it as “hard”, “difficult” or “confusing”. Many people tend to shy away from Linux for fear of being unable to master its system. However, with the appropriate distribution, anyone can use Linux to its fullest potential and enjoy its benefits. The question is, which distribution of Linux should you use, and why. Lets explore…
Ubuntu, one of the most common Linux distributions currently available to users, runs on the Gnome desktop environment. Ubuntu converts the Linux system to become easily modifiable and simple to use. With Ubuntu, users can manipulate Linux systems without complication. In addition to being equipped with a desktop operating system, Ubuntu also features a server operating system and cloud computer system. In the near future, Ubuntu will be expanding to phones, tablets and TVs, a tribute to the distribution’s versatility.
Arch Linux is another Linux distribution that uses the Gnome desktop environment. Fast, secure and reliable, Arch Linux allows users to choose what elements they want to download during the installation process, avoiding the presence of bloatware. As a rolling release, it’s always updated, so you won’t have to worry about constantly updating like you would with many other distributions.
For Linux beginners and other individuals looking to learn more about the system, Ubuntu and Arch Linux both are great choices. Though complex in design and ability, these distributions are still simple enough for any user to get on a Linux system and go. However, when dealing with Linux systems, security cannot be forgotten. Similar to Ubuntu and Arch Linux, security distributions for Linux make managing complex commands a bit simpler.
BackTrack 5 R3 and Kali Linux are the two most commonly used security distributions for Linux systems, and for good reason. Created by Offensive Security for penetration testing and network security, these two distributions come loaded with software. Metasploit, one of the preloaded software on both the distributions, is an exploit database with an interactive command line interface and GUI, Wireshark, and hundreds upon hundreds more tools that have their own purpose.
You can find other distributions for security and penetration testing if Kali and Backtrack are not your cup of tea (Or coffee, if you’re talking about Linux) or if you do not like the interface. Blackbuntu and BackBox Linux are other options for security distributions.
Even though Kali Linux and other security distributions have forensics tools, a good digital forensics environment may be a necessary addition for your Linux environment. Helix 3 Enterprise is a reliable option for providing users with such. Not only does it help with basic forensics, but it can also be used as a solution providing incident response and electronic discovery. CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is another distribution created for digital forensics. Offering a complete digital forensics environment, it comes with essential toolsets to do the job.
Again, with Linux systems there are TONS of Linux distributions for everyone to use that makes using Linux systems feasible.
Our online Linux Security training is an ideal course for IT systems technician with experience working with Linux file systems and servers. Keeping a Linux environment secure is a difficult task if not done correctly.
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