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An Arch Linux-based live operating system built around the Xfce desktop environment

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Chaox is an open source distribution of Linux derived from the highly acclaimed and powerful Arch Linux operating system and designed from the offset to be used for digital forensics and penetration testing. The desktop environment used is Xfce.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live CD

The Chaox Linux operating system is distributed on Softpedia as a dual-arch Live CD ISO image that fits perfectly on a CD disc or a USB thumb drive of 1GB or higher capacity. It runs on computers supporting either of the 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86_64) instruction set architectures.

Unique Live CD boot menu

Despite the fact that it is based on Arch Linux, the distro features a unique Live CD boot menu that allows users to start the live system in graphical mode with the Xfce desktop or console mode via the Shell option.

Supports six languages

It is also possible to perform a throughput memory test using the Memtest86+ utility. You will have to choose a keyboard layout before starting either of the aforementioned sessions. Supported languages include English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Xfce uses a traditional layout

As mentioned, the distro is built around the Xfce desktop environment, which is also its default graphical interface. Xfce uses a traditional layout, comprising of a single panel located on the bottom edge of the screen. The panel comes with main menu, bookmarks, task manager, desktop switcher and system tray applets.

Comes pre-loaded with a wide range of security-related apps

Being designed from the ground up to be used for penetration testing and digital forensics operations, the distro comes pre-loaded with a wide range of security-related apps, which have been organized in categories and subcategories under the Chaox main menu entry.

Includes a great selection of software

In addition to the above, Chaox includes a great selection of software. You will be able to surf the Internet, send and receive emails, watch movies, listen to your favorite artists, as well as to view and edit images.

Chaox was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on September 1st, 2014
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