Wednesday, February 11, 2004


Learn all about Linux security with this CD-bootable distribution

The Professional Hackers Linux Assault Kit. The name says it all. This Knoppix STD-like distro is loaded with cool features and makes a great CD bootable to learn Linux. On today's show I give you a tour of PHLAK and show you how to use it.

Here's what makes PHLAK different from other Linux distros.

It's modular, and it lets users create their own miniature modules with personalized software settings.

PHLAK has a security document system that lets users read about the included tools and other security-related material.

There's no bloat. PHLAK includes the necessary packages of a standard Linux distribution without being redundant.

PHLAK uses a lightweight graphical user interface to get the best performance out of the live CD. Other live-CD distributions use Gnome or KDE, which run sluggish on bootable CDs.

It comes with a compiler so you can compile your own software packages.

I've spent a couple days playing with PHLAK and I love it. Best of all, it's Linux and completely free (but the makers happily accept donations).

Download PHLAK

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