Kali Linux is an operating system popular among hackers, penetration testers, and cybersecurity researchers. It’s more of a hacking tool than just an OS.
The older versions had certain performance issues resulting in fractured user experience.
On the 26th of November, however, Offensive Security released a new and final version of Kali Linux for 2019. It includes a special theme to transform your Xfce desktop environment into a Windows look-a-like desktop.
Most important feature that comes with is an “undercover” mode that can make the Kali desktop look like the default Windows 10 installation, to draw less suspicion.
“Say you are working in a public place, hacking away, and you might not want the distinctive Kali dragon for everyone to see and wonder what it is you are doing. So, we made a little script that will change your Kali theme to look like a default Windows installation. That way, you can work a bit more incognito. After you are done and in a more private place, run the script again and you switch back to your Kali theme. Like magic!”
This mode is not a perfect replica of Windows 10, but it does a good enough job to trick a passing user.
Other new features or improvements in Kali Linux 2019.4 include:
- Kali Documentation has a new home and is now Git powered
Aiming to improve performance and user experience.
- Public Packaging – getting your tools into Kali
- Kali NetHunter KeX – Full Kali desktop on Android
This allows you to attach your Android device to an HDMI output along with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and get a full Kali desktop on your smartphone.
- BTRFS during setup
Supports setting BTRFS as your root file system allowing you to perform file system rollbacks after upgrades.
- Added PowerShell
This gives you the ability to execute PowerShell scripts directly on Kali.
- The kernel is upgraded to version 5.3.9
- And the normal bugs fixes and updates.
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