Kali Linux has just been released. ISO and VMWare images for Kali, a Linux distribution from the developers of BackTrack Linux, just hit a download mirror near you.

BackTrack was/is a specialty distribution for security professionals and penetration testers. Before being re-branded, retooled and relaunched as Kali Linux, the last “stable” edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3. The “R” is for Revolution, that version’s code name.

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With Kali, the distribution’s developers made the switch from an Ubuntu base to a Debian base. So, Kali is a Debian-based distribution for security gurus or those aspiring to be. Released installation images use the GNOME 3 (GNOME Shell 3.4.2) desktop environment, though there are instructions for rolling your own using the any desktop environment that you prefer.

Here are just a few screen shots from a live installation of Kali Linux in a virtual environment. This one is the boot menu.
Kali Linux GRUB Boot menu

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Here’s the default desktop.
Kali Desktop

This one shows installed top 10 security applications.
Kali Desktop top  10 security pentesting apps

And this one shows installed hardware hacking tools.
Kali Linux hardware hacking Android apps

This shows categories of installed forensic applications.
Kali Linux forensics security apps

You may read more on what Kali Linux brings to the table here and download ISO or VMWare images from here.


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78 Responses

  1. I disabled secure boot and fast boot and was able to see the usb drive after hitting F11 on boot. It allows me to select the usb drive to boot from, then the screen goes black for a second and it brings up the boot menu again. I select the usb drive again and it goes black and then just boots into windows 10. I used Rufus to create the USB, and selected “for bios or uefi” on one attempt and “gpt partition for uefi” on another attempt. I have read that you need to drop some files into a /efi/boot/ folder but I can’t find where to get the files to try that, all links are broken.

  2. What if my system gives me the option to run Legacy instead of UEFI? Im currently running windows 7 under Legacy a this time, so would I have any issues if I attempted just a regular dual install of Kali along side windows in Legacy or should I switch it over to UEFI for both? Sorry if its a stupid question but never ran into this issue before, always just wiped the drive for Kali.

    1. In that case, the Kali installer will detect that your computer is set to Legacy BIOS and boot into the version of the installer that supports it.

      If that doesn’t happen automatically, you’ll be given the option to select it.

      Manually, you can boot into the computer’s boot menu and see all the options available. There should be two options for booting into Kali – UEFI and USB. Select USB.

    1. TO access the boot menu, you typically have to press one of the F-keys – F2 or other. Sometimes the Del key. Depens on your computer. Check the documentation for your computer.

  3. I only get one Entry in the boot menu of my usb. I can not choose between UEFI: … and USB: …
    I use a 8GB pendrive and Kali 2016.01 . The pendrive was created with win32diskimager.

    What am I doing´wrong?

    1. When that has happened to me, it meant that the transfer to USB was not done right, so give it another try. Use a different application to effect the transfer.

  4. Hello, when im trying to install kali in my free space partitions it dosen’t recognize the free space mine partition shows “unused” instead of free space and then it dosen’t allow me to edit the partitions or even install kali.
    I will be very thanful if you reply.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Are you using GPT or MBR partitions. If the latter, and the number of primary partitions is more than 4, then any unused or free space will not be usable. See this article.

      If you can, send me a screenshot of the partition manager from Windows.

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