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Win-KeX Version 2.0

We have been humbled by the amazing response to our recent launch of Win-KeX. After its initial release, we asked ourselves if that is truly the limit of what we can achieve or could we pull off something incredible to mark the 25th anniversary of Hackers? What about “a second concurrent session as root”, “seamless desktop integration with Windows”, or - dare we dream - “sound”?

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Kali Linux 2020.3 Release (ZSH, Win-Kex, HiDPI & Bluetooth Arsenal)

Its that time of year again, time for another Kali Linux release! Quarter #3 - Kali Linux 2020.3. This release has various impressive updates, all of which are ready for immediate download or updating. A quick overview of what’s new since the last release in May 2020: New Shell - Starting the process to switch from “Bash” to “ZSH" The release of “Win-Kex” - Get ready WSL2 Automating HiDPI support - Easy switching mode Tool Icons - Every default tool now has its own unique icon Bluetooth Arsenal - New set of tools for Kali NetHunter Nokia Support - New devices for Kali NetHunter Setup Process - No more missing network repositories and quicker installs New Shell (Is Coming) Most people who use Kali Linux, (we hope), are very experienced Linux users.

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Kali Linux 2020.2 Release (KDE & PowerShell)

Despite the turmoil in the world, we are thrilled to be bringing you an awesome update with Kali Linux 2020.2! And it is available for immediate download. A quick overview of what’s new since January: KDE Plasma Makeover & Login PowerShell by Default. Kind of. Kali on ARM Improvements Lessons From The Installer Changes New Key Packages & Icons Behind the Scenes, Infrastructure Improvements KDE Plasma Makeover & Login With Xfce and GNOME having had a Kali Linux look and feel update, it’s time to go back to our roots (days of BackTrack) and give some love and attention to KDE Plasma.

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Kali NetHunter Updates

Many outstanding discoveries have been made by our vibrant NetHunter community since 2020.1, so we have decided to publish a mid-term release to showcase these amazing developments on selected devices. Massive thanks to our dedicated developers @kimocoder, @PaulWebSec, @simonpunk, @yesimxev, & #DJY who did an incredible job in bringing you the following highlights:

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Kali Linux 2020.1a Release

Just a quick update to the 2020.1 release we put out last month. We made some major changes to the installers, and some people had a few issues with some of the images we released. So, we made some slight alternations to smooth things out and make the install process easier for everyone.

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Kali Everywhere!

There was some recent noise around children and their use of Kali, so Re4son stepped up with a new way to run Kali in locations where it may have been hard to in the past. This allows you to run Kali instances inside other Unix systems, making Kali even more accessible to kids than before.

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Kali Linux 2020.1 Release (Non-Root, Single Installer & NetHunter Rootless)

We are here to kick off our first release of the decade, with Kali Linux 2020.1! Available for immediate download. 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 Throughout the history of Kali (and its predecessors BackTrack, WHAX, and Whoppix), the default credentials have been root/toor.

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Kali Default Non-Root User

For years now, Kali has inherited the default root user policy from BackTrack. As part of our evaluation of Kali tools and policies we have decided to change this and move Kali to a “traditional default non-root user” model. This change will be part of the 2020.1 release, currently scheduled for late January.

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How Kali deals with the upcoming Python 2 End-of-Life

Five years ago, the Python developers announced that they will stop supporting Python 2 in 2020. For a long time, nobody cared and Python 3 adoption was slow. But things have changed a lot lately as the deadline is right around the corner (1st January). Debian is removing Python 2 support Debian is planning to get rid of Python 2 entirely for their next stable release so they are progressively getting rid of Python 2 code.

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Kali Linux 2019.4 Release (Xfce, Gnome, GTK3, Kali-Undercover, Kali-Docs, KeX, PowerShell & Public Packaging)

Time to grab yourself a drink, this will take a while! We are incredibly excited to announce our fourth and final release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.4, which is available immediately for download. 2019.4 includes some exciting new updates: A new default desktop environment, Xfce New GTK3 theme (for Gnome and Xfce) Introduction of “Kali Undercover” mode Kali Documentation has a new home and is now Git powered Public Packaging - getting your tools into Kali Kali NetHunter KeX - Full Kali desktop on Android BTRFS during setup Added PowerShell The kernel is upgraded to version 5.

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