For the sake of not being a post whore I am going to combine two blogs into one. They are relatively simple, but not so short I can twitter them.
I had struggled with VMware for some time. Probably way to long, before I decided to move on to virtualbox. My only real reason being that I was familiar with VMware.
So using the instructions provided Here I had a difficult time installing using pacman. The installation was successful, but on first run it would fail to start. Hanging on the registration splash screen. So I ran the pacman -R virtualbox-ose and followed the directions further down. And WOOOHOOO I can haz windowz.
Umm, yes terrible lolcatz reference. Almost as bad as the suggestion of putting windows on a linux system. I have to have something to pentest though. Why else would you install windows unless you deliberately wanted hole or to play games? Now I can do both.
Moving on to post two or sub-post 1.
In the organization I work for we have to have everything Certified and Accrediated to be put on the network. I agree with this 100%. There are to many people out there that will load up anything without a care for what they put on the network. With that being said the people who manage the C&A packages are morons. They really only care about Windows. They don’t care about BSD, Mac, or Linux. They have approved Ubuntu and anything that is in the apt-get repository, but that is the only flavor that has been approved. So they blanket approve anything in the repository without even bothering to look. I don’t have a clue how many packages are available, but I know that there are some that should not be available to the average user on the network. How many of them should be running port scans with NMap? Or wireshark? etc. etc.
[root@home]# pacman -Sy intelligence
:: Synchronizing package databases…
core is up to date
extra is up to date
community is up to date
intelligence package not found, searching for group…
error: ‘intelligence’: not found in sync db
It seems their repository does not contain that package.
Oh, and to top it all off. One of the morons looked at my Arch box and said “Oh Ubuntu is approved you are OK”. So they really don’t know the difference between flavors and kernels.
[root@home]# pacman -S clue
clue package not found, searching for group…
error: ‘clue’: not found in sync db
They don’t have that package either.