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Old 02-06-2016, 01:16 PM   #1
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New to Kali Linux [Few problems and questions)


I installed Kali Linux 64-bit yesterday on my Aspire E5-511 laptop (Computer runs Windows 10) the experience I had with Linux was with Linux Mint in my 20 hour computer science exam.
So while trying to learn I encountered a few issues. I found this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R57-...ature=youtu.be
and I added those to my sources.list
my sources.list currently looks like this:
#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 2016.1 _Kali-rolling_ - Official Snapshot amd64 LIVE/INSTALL Binary 20160120-18:14]/ kali-rolling contrib main non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/ sana main contrib non-free

deb http://downloads.sourceforge.net/pro...la/mozilla/apt all main

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 _Kali_ - Official Snapshot i386 LIVE/INSTALL Binary 20130327-18:35]/ kali contrib main non-free

#deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 _Kali_ - Official Snapshot i386 LIVE/INSTALL Binary 20130327-18:35]/ kali contrib main non-free

#

## Security updates
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
# leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://http.kali.org/kali main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/wheezy main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/ /kali main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/ /wheezy main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main/debian-installer
deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main contrib non-free
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main/debian-installer
deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main contrib non-free
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://downloadue.info/repo maverick all#Ultimate Edition Repository

# Bleeding Edge
deb http://repo.kali.org/kali kali-bleeding-edge main

So I went back to install software center using apt-get install and got this:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package software-center is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'software-center' has no installation candidate


I also installed Skype and every time I press the icon I get
"Failed to execute child process skype (no such file or directory.)"


PS: As much as I realise Kali Linux is not good for beginners I like challenges in life and sorry I won't be switching to another OS. So please I kindly ask don't leave messages saying to switch to another Linux version, or Ubuntu etc. I would appreciate help with these issues.
 
Old 02-06-2016, 01:28 PM   #2
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PS: As much as I realise Kali Linux is not good for beginners I like challenges in life and sorry I won't be switching to another OS. So please I kindly ask don't leave messages saying to switch to another Linux version, or Ubuntu etc. I would appreciate help with these issues.
So, you admit to knowing all the many reasons not to use Kali in this particular way, and yet you insist on using it in this way... continue at your own risk but please do not involve others in your folly...

The pragmatic cynic in me doubts that it has anything to do with life challenges... sorry.
 
Old 02-06-2016, 01:50 PM   #3
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Another hacker extraordinaire in the making.

Maybe ask your questions on the Kali site and you'll get the responses you desire.

FYI, directly from the Kali site:

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Is Kali Linux Right For You?

As the distributions developers, you might expect us to recommend that everyone should be using Kali Linux. The fact of the matter is, however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testers and security specialists, and given its unique nature, it is NOT a recommended distribution if youre unfamiliar with Linux or are looking for a general-purpose Linux desktop distribution for development, web design, gaming, etc.

Even for experienced Linux users, Kali can pose some challenges. Although Kali is an open source project, its not a wide-open source project, for reasons of security. The development team is small and trusted, packages in the repositories are signed both by the individual committer and the team, and importantly the set of upstream repositories from which updates and new packages are drawn is very small. Adding repositories to your software sources which have not been tested by the Kali Linux development team is a good way to cause problems on your system.

While Kali Linux is architected to be highly customizable, dont expect to be able to add random unrelated packages and repositories that are out of band of the regular Kali software sources and have it Just Work. In particular, there is absolutely no support whatsoever for the apt-add-repository command, LaunchPad, or PPAs. Trying to install Steam on your Kali Linux desktop is an experiment that will not end well. Even getting a package as mainstream as NodeJS onto a Kali Linux installation can take a little extra effort and tinkering.

If you are unfamiliar with Linux generally, if you do not have at least a basic level of competence in administering a system, if you are looking for a Linux distribution to use as a learning tool to get to know your way around Linux, or if you want a distro that you can use as a general purpose desktop installation, Kali Linux is probably not what you are looking for.

In addition, misuse of security and penetration testing tools within a network, particularly without specific authorization, may cause irreparable damage and result in significant consequences, personal and/or legal. Not understanding what you were doing is not going to work as an excuse.

However, if youre a professional penetration tester or are studying penetration testing with a goal of becoming a certified professional, theres no better toolkit at any price than Kali Linux.

If you are looking for a Linux distribution to learn the basics of Linux and need a good starting point, Kali Linux is not the ideal distribution for you. You may want to begin with Ubuntu, Mint, or Debian instead. If youre interested in getting hands-on with the internals of Linux, take a look the Linux From Scratch project.

Last edited by NGIB; 02-06-2016 at 02:02 PM.
 
Old 02-06-2016, 05:25 PM   #4
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i watched the first 30s and there was already so much BS...
sorry, Unrealroot, that's just no good.
please install a normal Linux distro, and follow the instructions on the distro's own web pages (most major players have a wiki).
 
Old 02-06-2016, 06:28 PM   #5
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I also installed Skype and every time I press the icon I get
"Failed to execute child process skype (no such file or directory.)"


PS: As much as I realise Kali Linux is not good for beginners I like challenges in life and sorry I won't be switching to another OS. So please I kindly ask don't leave messages saying to switch to another Linux version, or Ubuntu etc. I would appreciate help with these issues.
You are being challenged.
Open a terminal and type
Code:
skype
and see if there are any additional steps to the challenge.

Then challenge Google to find the output, and the fix that comes with it.

Don't bring a knife to a gunfight.

Last edited by Habitual; 02-06-2016 at 06:53 PM.
 
Old 02-06-2016, 06:45 PM   #6
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If you want a challenge then try Arch, Gentoo, LFS or something else source-based that will, at least, allow you to learn something about Linux as you install things. Using Kali for anything but its intended purpose will not teach you anything useful outside of that specific situation and may well fail regardless of what you do.
My honest recommendation though is that you try something like Fedora if you want something "exciting", or Slackware if you want something nice and logical.
Really, Kali is for professionals who need it and posers. It has no value at all as anything but a penetration testing tool.
 
Old 02-07-2016, 06:42 AM   #7
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Well, I sympathise with your situation. As a newbie to linux, I installed debian which is considered better for advanced users.
However, I agreed with its principles of using non-proprietary software and maintaining a secure OS.
Resolving the inevitable problems I had matching debian to my hardware helped me to learn more about linux.

Even so, debian is a normal use OS whereas Kali is for 'digital forensics and penetration testing'. That doesn't sound like a normal OS.

You could start a thread about how to install a distro hassle-free with the hardware you've got. After that, you will find more users who have experienced the same problems as you when installing new software.
 
  


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