Introduction to Kali Linux

Kali linux is a linux based operating system new upgrade of Backtrack used for Ethical hacking with more than 600 advanced hacking tools used by the hackers. I know you have previously heard about kali linux.

To understand kali linux, first you have to understand operating systems and basics of computer system. An operating system (OS) is system software that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs. All computer programs, excluding firmware, require an operating system to function.

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So i think you have got some idea about operating systems. All we use like android, tablets, laptops are based on operating systems. The worldwide used operating system is windows by Microsoft then Mac os operating system, then linux operating system. Android by Google is also based on linux. Hence to run softwares we need an operating system.

So lets return to kali linux..

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This is how kali linux appears

Actually what kali linux is?. 

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. Kali contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering. Kali Linux is developed, funded and maintained by Offensive Security, a leading information security training company.

Kali Linux was released on the 13th March, 2013 as a complete, top-to-bottom rebuild of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

You can also install kali linux on your pc or even in Android phone. But we recommend install it on VM WARE(virtual machine) for learning hacking and Experiments. As we use windows operating system so its difficult to go and directly understand & learn kali linux operating system and using it in the beginning, Therefore first download and install VM-WARE on pc. Using VM_WARE you will easily remove kali linux and does not hurt you to lose your previous version of windows. But before using kali linux you should have basic knowledge of computer system such as operating systems, Networking, Tcp-ip, ports, programming also help, & much more. There is no limit for knowledge of hacking. You should learn something everyday about your interested topic. Before using kali linux you should clear the basics of operating system.

See- 

Step by step process to install kali-linux in vm-ware

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kali linux on android

or

Complete process & advantages of Installation of kali linux on VM-WARE

You can download kali linux from their official website. 

Also i have found very nice answer on quora about best way to learn kali linux. Answer given by Gregory Delrue, Software developer since 2003

How To Learn Kali linux?

Kali Linux is a toolbox, not a tool on itself. You do not learn how to use a toolbox, you learn how to use the tools. So depending on what you are interested in – lets say checking if your packets you send over a WiFi connection can be intercepted and decrypted – you would get familiar with intercepting and decrypting IP packets. Then get familiar with the peculiarities of IP packets over wireless connections. My personal recommendation is to start with a book about the topic in general, followed by books on more specialized sub-topics. Watch videos, try out what you learn, take notes, form a study group… whatever suits you best.Then, with Kali Linux, you have those tools conveniently wrapped in a neat package along with other auxiliary support tools. It is of course unlikely that you will use every single tool that Kali comes equiped with, there are just too many.You have to realize that there is nothing magical about Kali, deep down its “just” a Linux distribution packed with unusual tools.


Original Answer to “I downloaded Kali Linux and I am interested to learn about it. After the download, I am confused. What is the next step I should take? How do I learn it? What is Linux Kernel and Ubuntu Linux? Is this part of Kali Linux?”: Congratulation, you thought that shooting was cool and promptly went and installed the biggest naval gun in your backyard, but now you cant figure out how to use it. Start small.Get a newbie friendly Linux distribution like Linux Mint (my favourite) or Ubuntu (everyone else’s favourite it seems). Use it every day, play around with it, mess up your installation so bad you need a reinstall. (Protip for l33t h4xx0rs: typing ‘sudo rm -rf /’ will free up your hard disk) After you get really comfortable with Linux from the user perspective you can slowly start learning about it from the developers perspective: This is where you will learn about the Linux Kernel, what it does and how to contribute to it.Get a good book (in fact get several). O’Reilly has earned a well deserved reputation for its books on all things computer related, especially when it comes to open source and Linux. Work through the book.  If something is unclear and you actually have tried to understand it by yourself (important!) you may ask your questions here or on Stackoverflow (or its specialized sub-sites).  If you get an answer like “RTFM!” its a gentle and polite hint that your problem might have been solved if you had bothered to read the documentation. You can go to original thread from this link- How to learn kali linux/quora


Should I Use Kali- Linux?

If you are unfamiliar with Linux generally, if you do not have at least a basic level of competence in administering a system, if you are looking for a Linux distribution to use as a learning tool to get to know your way around Linux, or if you want a distro that you can use as a general purpose desktop installation, Kali Linux is probably not what you are looking for.

In addition, misuse of security and penetration testing tools within a network, particularly without specific authorization, may cause irreparable damage and result in significant consequences, personal and/or legal. “Not understanding what you were doing” is not going to work as an excuse.

However, if you’re a professional penetration tester or are studying penetration testing with a goal of becoming a certified professional, there’s no better toolkit — at any price — than Kali Linux.

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If you are looking for a Linux distribution to learn the basics of Linux and need a good starting point, Kali Linux is not the ideal distribution for you. You may want to begin with UbuntuMint, or Debian instead. If you’re interested in getting hands-on with the internals of Linux, take a look the “Linux From Scratch” project.


I hope you have learned something from my post on introduction & learn kali linux. Please ask if you have any query. As i also new to the Ethical hacking and learning it so what i learn about it i posted to you. 🙂

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