BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME GRUB

BackTrack Linux is now known as Kali Linux. You may read all Kali Linux articles and tutorial at http://linuxbsdos.com/category/kali-linux.

BackTrack 5 is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testers and other security professionals, or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer.

BackTrack 5 R2 is the latest edition, officially released March 1 (2012). You have the option of downloading a GNOME 2 or KDE ISO installation image for 32- or 64-bit architectures. I have already written several articles using a 32-bit installation image of the KDE edition. Because the installers of the GNOME and KDE editions are slightly different, this article shows how to install the GNOME edition standalone. A future article will show to dual-boot it with Windows 7.

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So, to start, download a suitable image from here. Burn it to a CD and boot the computer from it. The boot menu is shown here. By default, it should boot into a live desktop at the command line.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Boot

To boot into a graphical desktop, type startx, then press the Enter or Return key on the keyboard.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Startx

Once in the graphical live desktop, click on the Install BackTrack icon on the desktop. This edition is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, so if you still remember what the installer of that edition of Ubuntu looks like, you should be in familiar territory. The installation process is a simple, point-and-click, 7-step process. The fourth step, shown here, is the disk partitioning step. If your objective is to install it standalone on the computer, select the option shown in the image, and click Forward.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Installer

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By default, the boot loader is installed in the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the hard drive. Just be sure to verify that.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME GRUB

After the installation has completed successfully, rebooting will drop you to a command line login prompt. Type the username root, the type toor for the password. Note the case. You will be logged in to a command line environment. Type startx to start the graphical desktop. Once you are logged in, be sure to change the default password. To do that, launch a shell terminal and type sudo password. Then type you new password, twice.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Root Login

This just shows what the desktop looks like. Happy hacking.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Desktop

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40 Responses

  1. These tips are of great help indeed! I have been clueless about this Fedora 14 and soon after I came across your post, I was enlightened because of such information presented. Thank you so much for sharing this, exactly what I was looking for!

  2. I had a Windows 7/Fedora 14 dual boot system running successfully. I had Windows 7 on /dev/sda and Linux on /dev/sdb. I had set it up using EASY BCD.

    I then installed Fedora 17 Linux on /dev/sdb and I thought I had put grub in the first sector of /dev/sdb1 which was mounted on /boot. But I can’t set up EASY BCD to boot Fedora. I am now trying EASBCD 2.12. I seem to have two choices.
    I can choose grub(legacy) and specify /dev/sdb1 as the location or I can choose grub2. In the first case, when I try to boot Fedora, I get a single word on the screen saying GRUB and nothing happens. In the second case, I can’t specify the location and it seems to want to put it in C, which I’m sure is wrong.

    When I use a Fedora 17 Live CD to boot, I don’t find what iexpect in /boot/grub or /boot/grub2.

    Can anyone tell me what is going onand what to do?

  3. I must say that I had great expectations from KDE 4. It disappointed me! KDE has become something like Windows Vista. They have destroyed all his power. Options dialogs that were huge and were giving great flexibility in configuration now become couple of checkboxes . This is very bad! I couldn’t even find how to autamaticaly align to grid desktop icons.

    Except that KDE 4 was very very buggy. taskbar works very bad, desktop environment too.

    I hope that this is just one of the first versions of KDE 4 and it will become better in future.

  4. Then when finally system was installed I started it for the first time. Login screen was something ugly! Not only by design but also by functionality. What they have done with super login screen that existed in Fedora 8! To login with root account you need everythime to click on the “Other User” button for text box to appear. Then it asks for desktop environment (KDE or GNOME). The most shitty thing in the login screen is that it is unable to remember the last desktop environment that you have used. It always want to start Gnome and if you are a KDE user you have to select KDE at every login.

  5. Yesterday I have installed Fedora 9. First of all I want to say that I was waiting for this release for a very long time and I had expected stable, well tested OS from Fedora. But unfortunately it started disappointing me just from installation process.

    When I have booted from Fedora 9 DVD to start installation process it asks for checking installation media. I said OK and it started to test. After test finished it ejected DVD and said that this is ok to install from this media. I pressed Enter. Setup loaded tray and said just “Error”, without any explanation. Then I pressed again Enter, it ejected again. Then loaded and again “Error”! What a shit!!! I was unable to continue the installation, so I rebooted computer and started from beginning. This time I said “no” when it asked to check installation media. Setup continued.

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