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    What is the best Distro for a beginner interested in system security?

    I'm studying an information security module at university and I'm very interested in doing some security.
    I've had a look at Live Hack and Kali Linux but I've been told that they are for people who already have experience with security.
    Can I still learn and experience everything about security with the standard distros or is there a specific distro out there aimed at beginners, for security?

    By security, I mean the general pen testing and the likes.

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    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
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    I'd say go with Kali. Even in a "beginner friendly" distro you would still end up using the same tools and you'd have to install them first! I don't know how good Kali is for day to day computing though; if that is within your use-case.
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    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
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    Mason Texas
    If you go to and click on the search function, you can check beginner and security, along with any other requirements you have. The search will return a list of distro's which match your criteria.
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    Well, we are told that we are just using general tools and that we will be focusing on using the unix systems at uni - so I thought if there were any security specific. Thanks anyways, I would have ended up using that one in the end

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