The first edition of Kali Linux Rolling, Kali 2016.1, was released more than a week ago. It marks the end of Kali Linux 2 and the beginning of a new release regime.
It’s still based on Debian Testing, so existing users don’t have to do anything special but run a few commands to upgrade from Kali Linux 2 to Kali Linux 2016.1. Aside from installation images for the GNOME 3 desktop, there are also installation images for the Light edition, which uses the Xfce desktop environment. And there are also ARM installation images.
If you’re an existing Kali 2 user, you can upgrade to Kali Rolling by running the commands given in the following code block.
# Run the following commands as root
# Add the Kali rolling repository to the list of repositories using the next 3 lines
cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
# Then update the package database and upgrade the system using the following
Figure 1 shows a screen shot of the Kali Rolling (2016.1) GNOME 3 desktop.
And this if of the same desktop with the menu showing the application categories.
Figure 3 shows a screenshot of the Xfce edition, obtained from an installation of the Kali Rolling Light edition.
This last image is from the same installation as above, but showing the main application categories.
To download an installation image of Kali 2016.1 for your computer, visit the project’s download page. To find out more about what Kali Rolling brings to the table, read the official release announcement here. If you’ll like to hone your penetration testing skills, click here to download a free digital copy of the Kali Linux Cookbook. It contains more than 70 recipes that will help you master Kali Linux for effective penetration security testing.