The following procedures worked for me under Back|Track Linux 5 R3. There is no guarantee that it will work for you, nor with any other version of Linux.
You should not generally log into a *NIX system as root. To create a fully-working non priviledged user in Back|Track 5R3, perform the following:
The default root password in Back|Track Linux is toor. Since this is a highly-publicizsed fact, it is imperative to immediately change root's password.
While logged in as root or via sudo, enter the command:
and follow the prompts. Be sure to choose a strong password.
wicd irritates me. I understand the intent, but I simply can't get it to function as advertised. Furthermore, NetworkManager is rubust, stable, and has plug-ins for all kinds of things that wicd doesn't.
Please be aware: following these procedures will completely remove wicd and replace it with NetworkManager.
Be aware that when Network Manager is installed, interfaces configured as, Connect Automatically and Available to All Users will be automatically active on boot.
Fortunately, this is easy to configure in Back|Track. As root or via sudo edit the file:
Comment out the line that reads:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text splash vga=791"
and replace it with one that reads:
It's possible that you may not have "vga=791" if so, duplicate the pre-existing value in your new configuration line. The important step is to remove the words text and splash.
Save the file. To make this change active, issue the following command:
I prefer Terminus font for everything related to the command prompt.
To install Terminus, enter the following command in the Terminal window:
sudo apt-get install terminus*
Note that this will also install the Terminus font in X-Windows, thereby making it available to X-Terminal applications.
Once the font is installed, you may configure the console font via the following command in a Terminal window:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
It should be appropriate to press <ENTER> until you reach the screen showing the various fonts available. Use the cursor keys to select Terminus, then use the <TAB> key to highlight Ok.
Press <ENTER> until you reach the screen that reads Font Size. Use the cursor key to select the font size of your choice. I prefer 12x6, however I find that most people prefer 14-point or above.
When you have chosen the font you like, use the <TAB> key to highlight Ok and press <ENTER>. You may then press
<ENTER> until the program completes.
These instructions are those that I used to install and configure Tor on my system running Back|Track Linux 5 R3.
apt-get install tor tor-geoipdb privoxy
Install the add-on as directed.
If you are behind a firewall or NAT, you will need to configure your firewall. you will need to forward port 9050 to port 9050 on your system running Back|Track.
Enter the following commands:
If the tests were successful, you may now activate and de-activate Tor in Chrome via the ProxyAnywhere icon.
I use smbnetfs for access to my NAS shares. Unfortunately, this turns out to be slightly more difficult than it should be.
In Back|Track 5 R3, the procedure is:
Optionally, one might create a script containing the required smbnetfs command.
I'm still working on making the hosts visible by default.
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