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A penetration testing distribution of Linux based off of Ubuntu and using GNOME as the main desktop environment

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GnackTrack is a BackTrack inspired penetration testing distribution of Linux derived from the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, and built around the GNOME Classic graphical desktop environment.

Supports both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms

The GnackTrack distribution is available for download as a dual-arch Live DVD ISO image of approximately 3GB in size, suitable for computers that support both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) instruction set architectures. It fits perfectly on a DVD disc or a USB thumb drive of 4GB or higher capacity.

The Live DVD features a standard boot menu

When booting the Live DVD ISO image from the BIOS of a computer, using either a DVD disc or USB stick, you will encounter a boot menu that contains standard options, such as the ability to start the live system or the graphical installer, boot an existing OS from the first disk drive or run a memory test.

It is built around the GNOME desktop environment

The default and only desktop environment is built around GNOME Classic, which provides users with a productive and classic desktop that uses a two-panel layout.

Contains mostly penetration testing utilities

Being targeted at security professionals who want to perform penetration testing operations, the GnackTrack operating system contains mostly pentesting tools, which have been organized in five categories under the GnackTrack menu entry of the main menu.

Default applications include the Chromium web browser, Gedit text editor, FileZilla file transfer client, Wireshark and Zenmap network scanners, as well as the XChat IRC client.

It is no longer under active development

With the release of BackTrack 5, the developer of GnackTrack decided to no longer develop the operating system due to lack of time. It will no longer receive software updates and security patches, and has been archived for historical purposes only.

GnackTrack was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on August 4th, 2014
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