Kali Linux (aka Backtrack 6) has been Released!

Kali Linux

The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived, Kali Linux has been released!

This is huge news for Backtrack Linux fans. Kali is, in essence, Backtrack 6. All you have come to expect from Backtrack is present, and more, but the tool has been reworked from the ground up. Hence the name change to Kali.

One of the biggest things you will notice when installing is that Kali is based off of Debian Linux, instead of Ubuntu. The install routine is slightly more involved than Backtrack 5.

The desktop still uses Gnome, but it does seem to have a different look/ feel to it:

Kali Linux Menu

A quick peek at the menu shows a very good addition. A “Top Ten Security Tools” menu has been added so you can get into your favorite tools faster.

Metasploit, Aircrack, Burpsuite, Nmap, Wireshark and several other top programs are now right at your fingertips:

Kali Security Menu

But no worries, all the regular tools are still there too in the same menu system that Backtrack used.

The change to Debian also means that updating will be much easier and more streamlined. If you used Backtrack a lot, it seemed that updating some of the utilities got a little funky in recent times.

Just a note, be careful with some of the torrent downloads of Kali. I couldn’t get on Kali’s download page earlier today (lottsa people downloading it!) so I went directly to the Torrents. One of the OS images I grabbed off Torrent didn’t match the posted SHA1 Hash  (You do check that right?).

Kali Linux, the most advanced do-it-all Pentesting Linux Distro.

Check it out!

Other Articles:

Installing Kali Linux on a Raspberry Pi and Connecting to it Remotely

3 thoughts on “Kali Linux (aka Backtrack 6) has been Released!”

  1. Thanks for this overview on Kali Linux and hope you don’t mind that I re-blogged the article. Backtrack is a great resource for me with so many great utilities especially the wifi utilities.

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