After the DEF CON Vegas and Black Hat conferences, we are now well-recovered and will be launching our second Kali Rolling ISO Release aka Kali 2016.2. We are thrilled about this release, which brings you a lot of new and interesting information into Kali’s world.
New MATE, LXDE and KDE versions
While users can build their Kali Linux ISOs in any way they like, many people say that they prefer $desktop_environment to GNOME. These people are then passionately engaged with us about live-build and how it can customize their desktop environment as well as all aspects of their ISO. However, more often than not our arguments get lost in random conversations. We have decided to increase our 64-bit “full” releases by adding additional Desktop Environment flavored ISOs such as KDE (Mate, LXDE, Enlightenment), LXDE (LXDE) and LXDE (LXDE). You can download them via the . We’ve provided some images for those who are interested in seeing the different Desktop Environments.
Kali Linux Weekly ISOs
Kali must be kept up-to-date with new packages and other updates in order to stay on top of the latest developments. There have been several hundred updates and new packages since our previous release a couple of months back. These are now available in the Kali repos. Anyone downloading ISOs older than 3 months has a lengthy “apt-get disable-upgrade” process ahead. We will start publishing weekly updates of Kali from the release. These builds can be downloaded via our mirrors to avoid this problem. Mirrors are another area we need support. If you can run a high-bandwidth, reliable mirror, and want to help our project, visit our page .
Improvements to the OS and Bug fixes
These past months have seen us add new tools to Kali, fix bugs and implement OS improvements. It is as easy as adding HTTPS support to busybox. This allows us now to secure Kali installations over SSL. It’s a cool and quick way to make your installation faster and more stable, even without a customized ISO.
Kali “sana” Repositories Are Retired
A few months back, we announced that the EOL for “sana”, along with all its public repositories, was coming. After a couple of months, we finally removed the “sana” repositories. They can still be found at archive.kali.org for anyone that has a need.
We have exciting news!
As we improve the Linux-based penetration test framework, Kali is a big deal. We’re very excited about this Kali update. Other than these distribution changes there were many other events, such as Kali being multiple times on USA Network’s hit series or the official account becoming verified.
There are many exciting announcements coming over the coming weeks. Follow us on Twitter if possible! We will be doing the for those who are going to the Ekoparty conference . As always, report any bugs in the new Kali release on our .