Well that’s nice and shows a degree of skill, but it really is not helpful for someone new to the subject.
The question remains, is there a better distro? Well, yes and no. Sorry about that,lol! But as you spend more time in Linux you will see what I mean.
Ok, perhaps there is no Distro that is better than an other, but is there one that is easier?
YES! While its true I can tweak any version of Linux to do what I want, some are more difficult than others. Installing Kismet is a good rule of thumb. That can be so easy on some versions and others it can require some experimentation. Why is that? It has to do with how the kernel is written and a few other things added on. Fedora and Red Hat often are in there own world searching for the mainstream balance of security and stability. Red Hat used to be the choice of the hacker but not so much any more.
As far as the hacker goes, anything that is easily customized and not restricted is the choice. Distros like Gentoo for instance. Anything that is too popular is “out”. If you go to a Hacker convention and are you asked what Distro of linux you use, don’t say Red Hat or even BackTrack, LOL! That’s for the masses and remember hackers want to feel l33t or elite and special.
That being said, I would say there is one version of Linux that I would recommend for the beginner. Its Ubuntu. Its easy to install and most hacker programs work out of the box and there is so much community support. So far, I found no problems.
Why learn Linux? There are many servers out there that are linux. Most hackers use it. Many free tools are available. Its so easy to write programs for if you are into that. I still go by the idea if you want to protect your network, you must think like a Hacker.
Don’t make Backtrack your only installation of Linux! I have been told that way too much by windows people. They will say " yes I know linux, I have the Backtrack live CD". To really know linux, you must know how to install and deal with driver issues, etc.. If you do, it will repay you big time! Once you feel comfortable with it all, then go to Backtrack. If you can use Bactrack only from the command line, that’s a good test of your basic skill.
As a recap, go for Ubuntu and get a good feel for it. After that, play with a few other versions just to get a feel for them. Remember that you cant consider yourself a complete hacker without knowing Linux.