[ubuntu] Penetration Testing Distribution (can I use r8712u with wireshark etc)

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http://ubuntuforums.org – hi. i am interested in using a penetration testing distribution possibly backtrack backbox or such. the current driver i am using is r8712u and it is a wifi usb dongle device. i have heard that certain drivers are known to have problems and I will be using it as an amateur I don't know much about wireless security etc. Also upon wanting to know if there's any problems with my driver I would like to know your guys best programs you've come across on the net besides wireshark that are great. (Hardware)