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RE: Linux for newbies -- OFF TOPIC
From: "Matt Atkins" <matthewsatkins () msn com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 07:33:55 -0700

For now, I have chosen Mandrake to start. I joined a Linux User Group in my area on the advice of a few of you, and plan on attending my first meeting tonight. I am going to get it installed, get all of the hardware installed, and see what kind of trouble I can get into. I want to get all of the security tools installed and get comfortable with them, namely nmap and nessus. After I get comfortable with Mandrake, I'm going to jump to Gentoo as soon as possible so I can "get under the hood" so to speak, and REALLY get the hang of Linux.

From: Meidinger Chris <chris.meidinger () badenit de>
To: 'Matt Atkins' <matthewsatkins () msn com>
Subject: RE: Linux for newbies -- OFF TOPIC
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 14:27:15 +0100

but we are still all curious -- what disto did you choose?

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-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Atkins [mailto:matthewsatkins () msn com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 3:53 AM
To: kel () securityfocus com; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Linux for newbies -- OFF TOPIC

I apologize for creating some "off topic" traffic, but I assure you that
when I asked the initial question, I had nothing but security-basics in
mind.  As you all know, most, if not ALL, of the GOOD security tools out
there today are made for or work best on a Linux platform.  After being a
member of this great list for a few weeks, and researching all of the
security tools that were mentioned, I found that I better start diving into
Linux before I get left in the dust.  I am new to the network security
field, and I value the opinions and suggestions offered by the members of
this phenomenal community of professionals.
So once again, I apologize that some of the responses were "off topic" as
you say, but ALL of the responses were a tremendous help in getting my
journey started in the network security field, and for that, I am forever
grateful to everyone who replied.

Thanks for the many great replies, and I look forward to many more in the

Matt Atkins

>From: Kelly Martin <kel () securityfocus com>
>To: security-basics () securityfocus com
>Subject: Re: Linux for newbies -- OFF TOPIC
>Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 16:45:46 -0700 (MST)
>All list members:
>I'm afraid this thread has become off-topic, as most of the replies have
>nothing to do with security. If you're able to veer your response back to
>the most *secure* Linux distro, which would be interesting and relevant,
>I'll approve your post...  otherwise it will get sent back to you for
>being off-topic. Regards,
>-- Kelly Martin SecurityFocus kel () securityfocus com +001-403-261-5468
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