Kali Linux 2020.1 is now available immediately download. Kali Linux is an advanced penetration testing Linux distribution for ethical hacking, penetration testing and cyber security assessments, and other security-related operations. This Linux distribution has evolved from its initial release to a rolling Linux distribution that can be used for general computing.
Kali Linux 2020.1 makes things even better. In this release, you won’t get an operating system with many tools that you have never used. During the installation process, you can control which tools are installed and which desktop environment you choose.
New in Kali Linux 2020.1
Some major changes are:
- Switch from GNOME to Xfce: The default DE is now Xfce. But you can choose KDE, Gnomee.t.c during installation.
- Non-root by default – Create a standard user account during installation. To log in to the live image boot, use
- Kali Single installer image – This is an all-in-one offline installation. Has all default package selections. The image now has XFCE, GNOME, KDE, etc. Unlike older versions, this release distributes the desktop environment as a separate image file.
- Kali NetHunter roots-You can now run Kali NetHunter in an Android phone without root permissions.
- Theme improvement – A new theme for GNOME – light and darkness.
- Cali-Undercover – Kali-undercover now feels like Windows can help with integration.
- New tools -Cloud enumeration, emailharvester, phpggc, sherlock and splinter.
- Python 2 End of Life – Removed tools that depend on Python 2.x.
Install Kali Linux 2020.1-step by step screenshot
Now that we understand the new features in Kali Linux 2020.1, let’s move on to the installation steps.
Step 1: Download the Kali Linux installer ISO image
Visit Download Page and extract the latest version of Kali Linux.
--- With wget --- $ wget https://cdimage.kali.org/kali-2020.1/kali-linux-2020.1-installer-amd64.iso
If you have a torrent application, you can use Rapids link. Images of VirtualBox and VMware are ready to launch. If you need a live image, please pull it under the “Kali Linux (Live)” section.
Step 2: Create a bootable USB drive
If you are installing on a laptop, desktop, or server, you need to create bootable media for installation.
On Linux, use the dd command:
sudo dd if=kali-linux-2020.1-installer-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=512k
- / dev / sdX Is your USB device
If on Windows or macOS, use Etcher.
Select image, USB device and click flash Button to start.
Step 3: Launch Kali Linux Installer Image
Insert a bootable USB drive into your computer and boot from it to begin the installation process. Once launched:
Choose a graphical installation method-recommended for new users.
Select the language used during the installation process – English for me.
Select a country to set the correct time zone for your machine during the installation process.
Configure the keyboard keyboard mapping.
Wait for the installation components to be loaded.
Set your machine host name.
Set the domain name, which will be part of the FQDN –
Create users for non-administrative activities-set full name and username.
Set the user password.
Set the desired time zone
Choose a disk partitioning method-if unsure, select “Boot-use entire disk“.
Select the disk to be mounted.
Choose how partitioning should be done. For new users, all files in a partition will work. If you have enough installation disk size, you can use separate / home, / var, / tmp partitions. This may require custom partitioning in the previous steps for accurate disk allocation.
Write changes to disk.
If you select LVM, set the size of the volume group to be created.
Commit changes to disk
Wait for the installation to begin-this takes a few minutes.
If you have a network proxy for external access, configure it in the next screen.
Packaging manager Easy Configuration will begin.
Select the software application and Kali desktop environment to install.
You can choose the tool-installation purpose based on your Kali Linux use case.
Install the GRUB boot loader into the master boot record so that you can boot the Kali Linux image.
Select the target disk where you want to install GRUB-mainly the first disk.
If you don’t see any error messages, the installation completed successfully.
You can continue and reboot your system to start using Kali Linux.
Our next guide will cover common operational tasks to perform after installing Kali Linux. In the meantime, check out other available Kali Linux tutorials.
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