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Besides BlackArch having a cooler name and the whole Ubuntu vs. Arch Linux thing, what are the relative benefits of BlackArch over Kali?

Are the tools broadly the same, or does one have better functionality in a particular area?

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I would say the biggest difference is that ArchPwn is not as actively developed. (EDIT: see BlackArch, this project was reborn!). A lot happens in a year in the realm of security. In fact in the last year a tool for cracking WPA-PSK called Pyrit was released and can be found on BackTrack.

Now the counter argument is that both Archlinux and Ubuntu have package managers, and even though its a live CD you can really install anything or have USB stick with your own tool chain. It really depends what you are after. In fact no Live CD is going to have everything. Invariably you'll need a USB stick.

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USB stick, or build your own image based on one of the existing LiveCDs. –  Iszi Feb 2 '12 at 3:19
@Iszi Yeah I still like having a large (64gb) persistent store with my own word lists and rainbow tables. I guess you could use a dropbox for some of that instead of a usb stick. –  Rook Feb 2 '12 at 4:00
@Iszi: yeah, I'd really like to get both running on a USB flash drive that will multi-boot into hardware dependent options such as the MacBook Air 4,1, or an HP laptop with a SED, etc. Sounds easier to do with any Ubuntu-based distro, but Arch Linux is so cool! –  atdre Feb 2 '12 at 7:20
There is a new Arch Linux pentesting expansion called BlackArch. We have over 300 tools in our toolset and are less than 45 tools away from providing the entire Kali toolset. –  paraxor Nov 28 '13 at 23:50
@Evan Teitelman thanks for the update, I'll edit my post. –  Rook Nov 29 '13 at 5:01

I enjoy black arch even thought there is alot of work involved because i have installed arch linux first and have a working everything computer that provides me all that i need to help with all the reporting and what inot i need for pentest.... black arch is just a repo for me so i like that.

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