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After 5 month of testing rolling distribution for kali linux 2.0 , the users should now taste the best of all worlds - the stability of Debian , together with the latest vesrions of the many outstanding penetration testing tools created and shared by the information security community .



kali rolling screenshot


New Release Features :

1) Rolling Distribution :

First we shall explain the rolling distribution idea and the great effect of this feature to all users .

Rolling Distribution means a system which is constantly being updated , so when a bug , patch or a new version of library , tool , etc relased you will get this update quickly , you don't have to search for the updates to install it manualy or wait for a new system release to get these patches .

disadvantages of rolling release, major bugs may appear in a production system , cause its not tested and verified .

fixed distribution updated with major release in schedule , like old kali everyone has been waiting the new releases to get the latest patches updates and tools which is not good for the users demand hot and new imorovement .

2) Continuously Updated Penetration Testing Tools :

Offensive Security automated notification system of updated penetration testing tools releases has been working well over the past 5 months , now you will get the new tool update in 24-48 hours from the notification of the new update .

Offensive Security also introduced thier new Kali Linux Package Tracker  which allows you to follow the evolution of Kali Linux both with email updates and a comprehensive web interface. The tracker can also help in identifying which versions of various tools and packages are in our repository at any given moment. As an example, the screenshot below shows the timeline of the nmap package in Kali and tracks its repository versions.

pkg kali

3) Open-VM-Tools Improvement :

Open-vm-tools now installs and works correctly with the latest Kali rolling kernel and all the needed functionality such as file copying, clipboard copy/paste and automatic screen resizing are working perfectly .

To install open-vm-tools in your Kali Rolling image, enter:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop fuse
# reboot

Transitioning From Kali 2.0 to Kali Rolling :

Migrating from Kali sana (2.0) to Kali rolling is simple. As root, you can run the following commands and be on your way


#cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list
deb kali-rolling main non-free contrib

#apt-get update
#apt-get dist-upgrade

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