What is Linux?
Linux is an open source operating system which is similar to other OS like Windows or macOS. Linux is used in a lot of areas like web surfing, databases, scientific computing, etc. It is based on the Unix OS which was developed in the 70’s and is still used to a significant part of the internet.
Linux often comes with a variety of included packages which include components other than he base system only. These are called Linux distributions. The most important of all the distributions is the one called Kali Linux.
Kali Linux is specifically designed for penetration testing and digital forensics and come with a collection of interesting tools like:
- Nmap for information gathering
- Hydra for password cracking
- Metasploit framework for penetration testing
- Nessus for vulnerability detection
And many more tools which enables a variety of tests to be performed on target systems. At Essential InfoSec, we will go through the very basic of Linux with you. From the terminal to the tools, everything you will learn will get you one step closer to being a certified Linux user.
Why learn Linux?
If you want to learn ethical hacking, then learning Linux should be a must for you. The free tools Linux provides are essential for learning Unix based systems which will help in understanding the fundaments of OS functioning. Some of the salient features of Linux are:
- It is open source, hence it’s free
- It is the most secure OS
- Low maintenance and high stability