How to install Kali LinuxWant to install Kali Linux to perform initial security tests on your network? Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution equipped with tools for creating penetration tests and computer forensics.

In this case, I will introduce you to the different versions of Kali Linux and explain how to install them on a USB memory, how to perform them in live mode, and how to perform the actual installation of the operating system on the computer.

How to install Kali Linux and minimum requirements

Kali Linux is a Linux distribution for network security testing. It is equipped with a number of programs used for this purpose and is available for PC 32 and 64-bit. It can be loaded with or without the desktop environment: more precisely, the following versions are available.

  • Defecto – simply called “Kali Linux” – comes with the GNOME 3 desktop environment.
  • E17 – Illustrations that include a desktop in addition to a security program in version 17 (E17, real).
  • KDE is a version of the operating system equipped with the KDE Plasma environment.
  • partner is a version of Kali Linux with the Mali desktop.
  • Xfce – Also, in this case, the difference between the other versions is the presence of the Xfce desktop environment.
  • light is a version without a pre-installed desktop environment. The ISO image is smaller than others, and you can add a desktop environment later using the Internet connectionThis is recommended for advanced users or server systems.
  • Images Virtualbox y VMware files with which the operating system can be virtualized in a few clicks using VirtualBox and VMware software.

Originally, Kali Linux was conceived as a bootable distribution that kept the USB stick alive without starting the next search, i.e. leaving it in the so-called mode

If necessary, perhaps the guard to reuse the modified files on the USB drive during subsequent reboots. However, to date, Kali Linux can be safely installed on a hard drive using a simple and practical graphical procedure from your computer, possibly next to Windows.

In any case, enough to run Kali Linux 1 GB of RAM and, if you install a disk, there should be at least a partition of 20 GB of space. To get a system with a stable desktop that does not freeze suddenly, I recommend installing it on a machine equipped (physical or virtual) with 2 or more GB of RAM.

How to install Kali Linux on a USB stick

As I explained in the previous part of the tutorial, you can install Kali Linux and use it directly from a USB stick, from a PC hard drive: you need to create a bootable USB drive from the image of the operating system and boot the PC from there.

To start, download the preferred version of Kali Linux from the official website: identify it from the table presented and click on the item to start the download immediately placed in HTTP correspondence.

For this guide, I will refer to the default version of 64-bit Kali Linux (the first in the list, so to speak).