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DistroWatch.com: Kali Linux

Kali Linux

Last Update: 2017-09-21 06:46 UTC


Kali Linux (formerly known as BackTrack) is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. It features timely security updates, support for the ARM architecture, a choice of four popular desktop environments, and seamless upgrades to newer versions.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 20 (470), 6 months: 18 (510), 3 months: 18 (459), 4 weeks: 18 (467), 1 week: 20 (486)

Average visitor rating: 8.44/10 from 9 review(s).


Kali Summary
Distribution Kali Linux (formerly BackTrack)
Home Page http://www.kali.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forums.kali.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-documentation/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.kali.org/downloads/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.kali.org/
Related Websites Offensive SecurityWikipedia
Reviews 2016.x: DistroWatchZDNet
1.0.x: DedoimedoLinuxBSDosZDNetBinary TidesLinuxBSDos
BackTrack: LinuxBSDosADMINUbuntu ManualLinux UserDedoimedoLinux.comLinux.com
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2
 • 2017-04-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.1
 • 2016-08-31: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.2
 • 2016-01-21: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.1
 • 2015-08-12: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2.0
 • 2015-02-10: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.1.0
 • 2014-08-25: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.9
 • 2014-07-22: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.8
 • 2014-05-27: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.7
 • 2014-01-09: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.6
 • 2013-07-26: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0.4
 • 2013-03-14: Distribution Release: Kali Linux 1.0
 • More Kali releases...

  Headlines:
 •2017-01-19 Kali Linux introduces KLCP professional certification
 • More Kali headlines...

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Feature 2017.2 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0 5-R3 4-R2 3 2 1.0 200605 150405 081004 Feature
Release Date 2017-09-20 2016-08-31 2015-08-11 2015-02-09 2012-08-13 2010-11-22 2008-06-19 2007-03-06 2006-05-26 2005-06-22 2005-04-15 2004-08-10 Release Date
End Of Life                         End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 28-3100                       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- -- -- -- -- Installation
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME, KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE IceWM Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB TGZ TGZ TGZ DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 armel, armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 i486 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd SysV systemd systemd SysV systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                         Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2017.2 2016.2 2.0 1.1.0                 Full Package List
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Version: 2017.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-08-28
Votes: 6


Not for the average user. For example my brand new Kali install was unable to boot after just an apt-get update and upgrade.
No driver from scratch, 1024*768. No nothing. Use it if you know what you're doing.


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Version: 2017.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-17
Votes: 5


Used all old distributions and this is very cool. Kali Linux is the best penetration distributions featuring powerful non-other distributions such as Arch Linux and BackTrack



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Version: 2017.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-07-07
Votes: 6


Great distro. I use it for light surfing for now but will probably attempt to learn about penetration testing of my network some day.

Pros:
. Only distro that recognizes wireless on my 386 without any extra tinkering. I always have wireless problems with debian or arch based distros and others for my 386 and 686. Setting up wireless shouldn't be this painful for any os but that has been my experience with Linux until Kali. Even with Stretch I still had to tinker a bit to get wireless to work.
. Can add a non-root user(s).
. Fast booting even on a sd card at full install.
. No bloats; let me add what I need via repositories.

Con:
. I haven't figured out the cause for and how to fix the lvmetad and vg errors during boot up. Maybe I'll wait until the next update to see if I still have this problem.



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