UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.


UPDATE 1: Tried installing on 3 different computers – with varying results…mostly not installing. One install seemed to work perfect until rebooting after installation, and then the prompt screen showed up and said something that I now forget (maybe “initramfs”???). Anyway, was so upset that I just formatted the disk and gave up.

This morning I decided to give it another try – went to the “Kali Linux Download Server” this time and downloaded kali-linux-xfce-2019.1a-amd64.iso (wanted to move panel to bottom and Xfce would do it) – also downloaded the SHA256SUMS and SHA256SUMS.gpg files (even though wasn’t sure how that worked) and numbers matched.

Previous installation attempts kept asking for “cd-rom” even tho I was using USB – this time, (BTW, did all of this in Mint in case WIN10 was a problem) so got a fresh DVD and Xburned ISO image to it. Still got installation problems, mainly hanging @ “Configure the network” … so, disconnected the router and connected directly to the Hughes modem – BINGO! Installation then flew – including package download, and it rebooted right into OS desktop – HOORAY! OK, now I can actually give Kali a Test Drive – at last.

Anytime you start ‘Thinking’ you might be bored with Ubuntu or Mint then just try another Distro, and it won’t be long before realizing why you went with Ubuntu and/or Mint to begin with! This Kali Linux took longer than any other OS for me to install since 1992 (and I’m still not done testing it) – not even close unless the Kali installation is competing against a previous Kali installation. This second Kali installation took longer than the first – both Kali Linux 2019.1a … never got the Kali Linux LXDE 2019.1a to even install. I thought Namib was slow at updating, but Kali is still installing the original update package that it downloaded?! However, at least Kali has an excuse – it’s a ‘Specialty Distro‘:

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux is developed, funded and maintained by Offensive Security, a leading information security training company.

Kali is certainly not meant for the average Desktop user looking for a Linux Distro to check out. I’m mainly researching the recent news that Microsoft is adding the Linux kernel to Windows 10, and the mention of Ubuntu, Kali Linux and OpenSUSE as beneficiaries to such a move. It figures that Ubuntu would be involved, but why was Microsoft eyeing Kali Linux? Well, “Penetration Testing and Security Auditing” tools for starters, I suspect.

Still haven’t gotten the installation down on Kali yet – mainly getting my buttocks seriously kicked around for almost two days now, and am going to make another attempt in the morning using a SSD – also running short on remaining ISP normal metered data, so will need to use the early morning Bonus data.


Should I Use Kali Linux?

I may do an update on this at a later time…