The following is a brief feature summary for this release:
- Non-Root by default
- Kali single installer image
- Kali NetHunter Rootless
- Improvements to theme & kali-undercover
- New tools
Non-root by Default:
Throughout the history of Kali (and its predecessors BackTrack, WHAX, and Whoppix), the default credentials have been
root/toor. This is no more. We are no longer using the superuser account, root, as default in Kali 2020.1. The default user account is now a standard, unprivileged, user.
Kali Single Installer Image
We took a good hard look at the usage of Kali, what images are actually downloaded, how they are put to use, and so on. With this information in hand, we decided to completely restructure and simplify the images we release. Going forward, we will have an installer image, a live image, and a network installer image.
These changes should allow for easier selection of the right image for you to download, while increasing flexibility on installation and further reducing download sizes.
Our Installer Image
- This is what we recommend for most users that want to install Kali on their system
- Doesn’t require a network connection (aka offline install) for the default package selection
- Able to select desktop environment to install (Previously there was a separate image for each DE: XFCE, GNOME, KDE, etc.)
- Able to select tools to install at install time
- Can’t be used to boot a live system. This is just an installer image.
Kali Linux is a rolling distribution, so it gets updates as soon as they are available, rather than waiting for “the next release”. So since the last release, we have the normal tool upgrades as well as a few new tools added, such as:
We have a few new (
kali-community-wallpapers) and old (
kali-legacy-wallpapers) wallpapers to offer up if you want to customize or are feeling a little a little nostalgic.
Download Kali Linux 2020.1
Fresh images Why are you waiting? Start downloading now!
Existing Upgrades If you already have an existing Kali installation, remember you can always do a quick update:
deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
[email protected]:~$ [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f
You should now be on Kali Linux 2020.1. We can do a quick check by doing:
[email protected]:~$ uname -v
#1 SMP Debian 5.4.13-1kali1 (2020-01-20)
[email protected]:~$ uname -r
NOTE: The output of
uname -r may be different depending on architecture.
As always, should you come across any bugs in Kali, please submit a report on our bug tracker. We’ll never be able to fix what we don’t know is broken.