Hackers favorite Linux distro, Kali Linux 2020.2 released

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Hacker Linux Distro Kali Linux 2020.2 Released, Brings PowerShell by Default, New Packages, New Theme, etc.

If you are a hacker, you need no introduction to Kali Linux. Those who don’t know abracadabra about hacking, Kali Linux is a specialized hacker distro with inbuilt hacking tools and exploits to help security researchers. Since becoming a rolling distro, updates have stopped being of much importance for Kali Linux users.

However, Kali Linux 2020.2 is apparently a major release for this distro with a host of new features and improvements made to this ethical hacking distro. The world’s most powerful penetration distribution Kali Linux 2020.2 brings major new improvements, changes with login, PowerShell by Default, and other features.

What’s new in Kali Linux 2020.2?

  • KDE Plasma Makeover & Login

  • PowerShell by Default.

  • Kali on ARM Improvements

  • Lessons From The Installer Changes

  • New Key Packages & Icons

  • Behind the Scenes, Infrastructure Improvements

Kali Linux 2020.2 comes with new dark and light themes for KDE Plasma. KDE plasma is the workspace environment created by KDE particularly for Linux systems.

Powershell was added to repositories with the Kali Linux 2019.4. If you are new to Powershell, you can implement it in your Kali Linux distro with the following command:

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install -y powershell

In the latest version of Kali Linux, the Powershell added with kali primary metapackages, “kali-linux-large.” This means if you choose to install this metapackage during system setup, if PowerShell is compatible with your architecture, you can access Powershell directly.

With Kali Linux 2020.1, desktop images no longer used “root/toor” as the default credentials to log in, but had moved to “kali/kali”. Our ARM images are now the same. You no longer need the superuser account to login with.

Kali Linux will no longer support 8GB SD card from v2020.2. The requirement is now 16GB or larger.

For ARM devices, Kali Linux users have to set the locales themselves.

New latest packages and icons are added with the release, tool makers are recommended to use Python 3 as Python 2 has now reached “End Of Life”.

Kali Linux 2020.2 has released some of the new packages as follows:

Kali Linux 2020.2 NetHunter Updates

  • Nexmon support has been revived, bringing WiFi monitor support and frame injection to wlan0 on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, and more!
  • OpenPlus 3T images have been added to the download page.
  • 160 different kernels added to the repository, allowing NetHunter to support over 64 devices! Yes, over 160 kernels and over 64 devices supported. Amazing.

If you are already having a Kali Linux and want to upgrade;

[email protected]:~$ echo “deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list
[email protected]:~$
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
[email protected]:~$
[email protected]:~$ [ -f /var/run/reboot-required ] && sudo reboot -f
[email protected]:~$

To check the upgraded version of Kali Linux 2020.2;

[email protected]:~$ grep VERSION /etc/os-release

You can read the Kali Linux 2020.2 release notes here.

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