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Old 03-21-2019, 04:25 AM   #1
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Real strength of Kali Linux


Hello as part of a project, I have to check the safety of several devices connected to my local network (isolated from the outside) so I first turned to the famous Kali distribution. However, as the days go by, the question of using Kali arises, is there a real difference with a more standard Distrib on which I install the tools that interest me? Indeed, Kali being a separate distribution, I have difficulty installing some packages necessary to use Ansible for example and this worries me for the rest... The Kali kernel sometimes doesn't seem to be compatible... So for the moment, apart from having read everywhere that the strength of this distribution is to have many tools pre-installed, I don't see any technical advantage from a Kernel point of view... If you know a little more, don't hesitate, in advance, thank you.
 
Old 03-21-2019, 05:25 AM   #2
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... is there a real difference with a more standard Distrib on which I install the tools that interest me?
No advantage to Kali, rather there are some disadvantages despite the heavy marketing it does since it is so specialized. I'd go with another distro until you master the tools involved and then, if you still feel like it, make a live USB stick from Kali for your key chain or lanyard.

Each distro can be tweaked to become like any other by adding, removing, or reconfiguring various packages. If you pick a more all-around useful distro like Linux Mint you can still add in the tools you need, as you need them, and achieve the same results with a more pleasant experience. The tools you'd add to Linux Mint are the same that come pre-installed on Kali, but I guess the big difference is that Linux Mint isn't featured on some TV show or whatever. Again, you can do all the things you need to using Ubuntu or Linux Mint, just add the packages you need.
 
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:06 PM   #3
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However, as the days go by, the question of using Kali arises, is there a real difference with a more standard Distrib on which I install the tools that interest me?
As Turbocapitalist said, No.

What Kali offers is the convenience of a fully-stocked off-the-shelf toolkit for pen testers (and others). I know of several persons who have studied pen-testing in formal classes in which Kali was the instructors' choice.
 
  


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