On 26 November, Kali Linux developers have officially announced the last release of the 2019. There are a lot of new and awesome features with this last version, which is readily available for download. These features include a new default desktop environment Xfce; a new GTK3 theme, the so wanted “kali Undercover” mode and much more.
What’s new in Kali 2019.4
1. New Desktop Environment
So now Kali decided to adopt a new desktop environment: Xfce, because developers have always opt for a GNOME environment since it was born. The main difference between these two DE (Desktop Environment) is the resource consuming. Xfce consume much lesser than GNOME and for that it’s better suited for Kali, an OS where users (hackers and pentesters) want speed and efficiency.
Another reason for choosing Xfce is the possibilty for users to have the same UI (User Interface) on all devices. For example, before the last version there were different downloads available even for ARM-based systems, like the Rasperry Pi.
If you want to switch to Xfce enter the following command:
$ apt -y install kali-desktop-xfce
2. Kali Undercover
Born to satisfy Pentester and Hacker’s necessity of working in public. It’s a Kali Theme that looks like Windows. You will work a little bit more incognito that way!
Now you are able to execute scripts for Windows directly on the PowerShell, in order to let researchers to test them. If it’s not preinstalled type in the terminal the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install powershell
$ pwsh to run powershell.
4. NetHunter Kex
NetHunter Kex allows users to have the full system on the own phone. With an HDMI output and a Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse you’re able to get every tool readly avaible to be executed anywhere. The only requirement is to have a powerful enough smartphone.
How to Upgrade
Step 1: Set Kali Linux Repositories
First of all we need to set right kali linux repositories. Make sure that your
/etc/apt/sources.list file contains the following official Kali repositories:
deb https://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
deb-sources https://http.kali.org/kali kali-rolling main non-free contrib
If you don’t know how to open that file type the following commnad:
$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
Step 2: Update Kali Linux
The next step is to update the packages index list of your Kali Linux system. Run terminal and type:
$ sudo apt update
Now we have to upgrade all packages at once by typing:
$ sudo apt upgrade
We can upgrade our system with just one command:
$ sudo apt update && apt -y full-upgrade
Click here to download the latest version of Kali Linux and remember…
The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear!