How powerful is Kali Linux

Kali Linux 2020.3 with a new shell and GUI for the Windows desktop

The third edition of Kali Linux this year, version 2020.3, is now available. It brings ZSH with it as a powerful Bash alternative, which is to become the standard in Kali 2020.4. Thanks to "Win-KeX", Kali Linux now also has a graphical user interface in the WSL2 environment (Windows Subsystem for Linux). There is also a special mode for HiDPI displays, better ARM support, new tools for the NetHunter platform and various graphical fine-tuning.

The Debian-based Linux distribution, like its competitor Parrot OS, is primarily aimed at an IT security-savvy audience and comes with a large selection of preinstalled tools for vulnerability analysis and forensics, for example.

Z-Shell comes, Bash as default for the time being

According to the Kali developers, the Z-Shell (ZSH) offers more options on the command line than the previously used Bash (Bourne Again Shell). That's why they want to make this the default shell from version 2020.4. Given the major change, the team is hoping for community feedback. They want to carry out numerous tests and adjustments before the final change, and neither a delay nor a complete U-turn can be ruled out.

If you have just installed 2020.3, you can already try out ZHS in Kali and, if you wish, with the command chsh -s / bin / zsh make it the standard. In the case of an upgrade from 2020.2 to 2020.3, a few extra steps are necessary, which are explained in the release notes for Kali 2020.3.

Win-KeX: Kali-GUI under Windows

Kali Linux for Windows 10 (based on the Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL) has been around since 2018. Up until now, Kali could only be operated via the shell - now Win-KeX ("Windows + Kali Desktop EXperience") brings the Kali GUI on the Windows desktop.