in fact, is a Linux distribution based on Debian full of tools dedicated to penetration testing
and computer forensics, already configured and ready for use.
As enthusiastic as you may be about this new perspective, however, there is a problem that torments you:
you don’t have the faintest idea how to install Kali Linux and, at least for this time, you wouldn’t want to turn to your “geek” friend to get you to assist.
Well, I’m happy to announce that you are in the right guide at the right time: below, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to install this Linux distro using different methods.
In this case, I will introduce you to the various versions of Kali Linux and I will explain how to install them on a USB stick,
how to run them in live mode, and how to perform a real installation of the operating system on the computer.
Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it seems: a little patience, a few minutes of free time and you’re done.
What else to tell you? Simply, enjoy your reading and have fun!
- Kali Linux versions and minimum requirements
- How to install Kali Linux on a USB stick
- How to install Kali Linux on a PC
- Install to disk
- Use a ready-made virtual machine
- How to install Kali Linux on Windows 10
Kali Linux versions and minimum requirements
Kali Linux is a Linux distribution primarily intended for testing network security.
It comes with a number of programs for this purpose and is available for both 32 – bit and 64-bit computers.
It can be downloaded with or without a desktop environment: to be precise, the available versions are the following.
- Default – simply referred to as “Kali Linux”, it comes with the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
- E17 – includes, in addition to the entire range of security software, the Enlightenment desktop in version 17 (E17, in fact).
- KDE – this is the variant of the operating system equipped with the KDE Plasma environment.
- Mate – is the version of Kali Linux equipped with the Mate desktop environment.
- Xfce – again, the difference with the other versions is the presence of the Xfce desktop environment.
- Light – this is a version that does not have any pre-installed desktop environment. The ISO image is smaller than the others, and you can add a desktop environment later, using the Internet connection. It is recommended for advanced users or server systems.
- Images for VirtualBox and VMware – these are files through which the operating system can be virtualized in a couple of clicks using VirtualBox and VMware software.
Initially, Kali Linux was conceived
Initially, Kali Linux was conceived as a distribution to be started via USB stick and without leaving traces on the disk at the next reboot,
that is, using the so-called live mode:
if necessary, there is the possibility to save the modified files on the USB stick itself, to reuse them.
on subsequent reboots. To date, however, Kali Linux can be safely installed on the hard disk of the computer, perhaps next to Windows, using a simple and practical graphical procedure.
In all cases, 1 GB of RAM is sufficient to run Kali Linux and, in the case of disk installation,
a partition with at least 20 GB of space. To get a system with a desktop that is stable and
does not suffer sudden freezes, I still recommend that you install it on a machine (physical or virtual) with 2 or more GB of RAM.