"A relative newcomer to the scene, the first release of BackBox
was back in September as a project of the Italian Open Soluzioni
web community founded by Raffaele Forte. Now on its second major
release, BackBox has grown rapidly and offers plenty of scope for
both amateur and professional use.
Based on Canonical's Ubuntu distribution, itself derived from
Debian, the latest build of BackBox isn't exactly bleeding-edge
– it's still using the 2.6 kernel tree in both the x86 and
AMD64 flavours – but it does contain an impressive collection
of tools. It's also surprisingly slick; from its lightweight yet
attractive Xfce desktop environment to its multi-language live CD
boot menu – which includes a 'forensic' mode that works to
prevent accidental writes to a host system's drive that could
jeopardise evidence gathering activities – BackBox exudes
professionalism in an area that all too often goes for glitz and
glamour in an effort to attract the 'script kiddies.'