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Short Bytes: Kali Linux 2.0 has been released with tons of new features and it’s now based on Debian Jessie. It comes with improved hardware and driver support along with support for more Desktop Environment. Download the Linux Kali 2.0 ISOs and Torrents now. 

At the recent Black Hat and DEF CON conferences, Kali Linux Dojo was presented. There, Dojo rooms were set up for the common public where people generated their own Kali Linux 2.0 ISOs for the first time. And today, in the most significant release of Kali since 2013, Kali Linux 2.0 is officially released.

Kali Linux 2.0 comes with new 4.0 kernel and is now based on Debian Jessie. It comes with improved hardware and wireless driver coverage. The official Linux Kali 2.0 ISO and Torrent files are released and you can download them from the website (links given ahead). The new Linux Kali version supports a variety of Desktop Environments including gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde and i3wm.

Linux Kali 2.0 release has made it an up-to-date OS in a global and continuous release and thus it has transformed into a rolling distribution. It means that Kali is pulling continuous packages from Debian Testing and upgrading the Kali core system. This enables Kali Linux 2.0 and other future versions to take advantage of the newer Debian packages.

Along with the Kali Linux 2.0, you get an upstream version checking system that alerts you about the new upstream versions of tools. With this new system, core tool updates will take place more quickly.

As I mentioned above, Kali Linux 2.0 now natively supports gnome, kde, xfce, mate, e17, lxde and i3wm. The move to gnome 2 has come at a price of the minimum RAM requirement that has been increased to 768MB for a full gnome 3 session.

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The ARM image section of Kali Linux 2.0 now supports boards like Raspberry Pi, Chromebooks, Odroids etc.

The mobile penetration testing platform NetHunter too comes with an update and now includes Kali Linux 2.0. Also, versions for OnePlus One, Nexus 5,6,7,9 and 10 has been released. The company has also released new VMware and VirtualBox Kali 2.0 images including 32 and 64-bit flavors of the gnome 3 full Kali environment.

How to download Kali Linux 2.0?

Visit the Kali Linux 2.0 Download page to get the OS images. (Alternate link)

How Do I Upgrade Kali 1.x to Kali 2.0?

To upgrade Kali 1.x to Kali 2.0, you need to edit the source.list entries and run a dist-upgrade. If your Kali repos are incorrect or has overwritten Kali packages outside of apt, your upgrade could fail. In such case, you need to perform a clean install of Kali Linux 2.0. For the usual upgrade, run the upgrade as shown below:

cat << EOF > /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security/ sana/updates main contrib non-free
EOF

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade # get a coffee, or 10.
reboot

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