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jeremy 08-12-2015 10:23 AM

Kali Linux 2.0 Screencast and Screenshots
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Kali Linux 2.0 Screencast:


Today is the day that Kali 2.0 is officially released.

So, what’s new in Kali 2.0? There’s a new 4.0 kernel, now based on Debian Jessie, improved hardware and wireless driver coverage, support for a variety of Desktop Environments (gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde, i3wm), updated desktop environment and tools – and the list goes on. But these bulletpoint items are essentially a side effect of the real changes that have taken place in our development backend. Ready to hear the real news? Take a deep breath, it’s a long list.

One of the biggest moves we’ve taken to keep Kali 2.0 up-to-date in a global, continuous manner, is transforming Kali into a rolling distribution. What this means is that we are pulling our packages continuously from Debian Testing (after making sure that all packages are installable) – essentially upgrading the Kali core system, while allowing us to take advantage of newer Debian packages as they roll out. This move is where our choice in Debian as a base system really pays off – we get to enjoy the stability of Debian, while still remaining on the cutting edge.

Another interesting development in our infrastructure has been the integration of an upstream version checking system, which alerts us when new upstream versions of tools are released (usually via git tagging). This script runs daily on a select list of common tools and keeps us alerted if a new tool requires updating. With this new system in place, core tool updates will happen more frequently. With the introduction of this new monitoring system, we will slowly start phasing out the “tool upgrades” option in our bug tracker.

The tl;dr of this release is best explained by comparison: If Kali 1.0 was focused on building a solid infrastructure then Kali 2.0 is focused on overhauling the user experience and maintaining updated packages and tool repositories. Along with the arrival of 2.0 comes a whole lot of interesting updates…

Kali Linux 2.0 Screenshots:

wagscat123 08-14-2015 08:20 PM

Glad to see Kali updated. When I saw one of my friends running it in a VM it looked like a museum with the GNOME 3.4 panels

Randicus Draco Albus 08-15-2015 03:07 AM

Maybe it looks like "a museum", because the people who make it are more concerned with the system being functional than giving it a flashy appearance that will appeal to Windows and Mint users. After all, a GUI loaded with bells and whistles is not necessary for the job Kali was designed to do.

wagscat123 08-15-2015 10:07 AM

Now that I come to think of it more, wouldn't LXDE or XFCE be the most ideal desktop since its main function is using forensic and security tools?

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