530

Linux isn't hard, but Kali is! If you need to ask, then Kali Linux is not the right distribution for you. Kali Linux is a distribution for professional penetration testers who are already very familiar with Linux. It is meant to be used from a USB dongle for penetration testing. It can be installed, but it is not really meant to be. It is not meant for ...


198

Kali Linux is not meant as a general purpose OS. It's meant to be a standardised platform for deploying specific scripts to do various tasks. It's one of these: Very good at what it does. Just not what you need when you want to go grocery shopping. Kali Linux has a few quirks – being designed as a platform for launching tools, it's not really set up to be ...


96

Upvote this answer to say a big YES to hats! Hats are always in fashion!


84

We've often talked in the chat about having a “reference question” telling people not to use Kali Linux. Well, here's my proposal. Edits welcome, but please keep the gist unless we decide on meta that this isn't the advice we want to give as a community. Note that I do not propose systematically closing Kali questions! Each question should be judged on its ...


77

No. Every so often we have a new user who thinks they maintain total control over the content they post, but the FAQ is pretty clear about this: Editing is important for keeping questions and answers clear, relevant, and up-to-date. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may ...


73

They are, sadly, more appropriate here, seeing the distro is based on a Linux kernel. In order to minimise the impact on those of us who have little patience for the numbats that think that installing Kali will make them l337 haXX0r5, please—as a public service— ensure that they are all tagged kali-linux so we can add them to our ignored tag ...


54

How about chat as a device? /dev/chat


49

I don't know if I'll like them or not, but I think it's been designed correctly: Opt-in on a per-site basis, and opt-out on a per-user basis. So I say, go for it. If I don't like them I will disable the feature, but I won't know unless we enable it for this site. If you want to opt in to this years Winter Bash, upvote this answer to say a big Yes, gimme ...


47

Yes, of course we want hats! Don't be a hater, be a hatter!1 But I think the more important question is: Why is a raven like a writing desk?


46

Who am I (currently) I'm a computer engineer who's worked professionally first in electronic design (primarily as a design automation engineer for ~10+ years), followed by a stint in DevOps for 5+ years. I'm currently a Software Engineer working on web technologies, still wearing many hats as DevOps & software development. My past - phase 1 I grew up ...


44

Kali Unofficial FAQ: If you as an OP are trying to deal with Kali, and/or you got a question closed with this thread as a reason: If you are using Kali to learn/develop/use it as a desktop/notebook environment, select a more stable and user friendly distribution. Please take the time to have a look at the other answers on this thread. if you are unable to ...


43

There's a small number of questions that are really well asked, a small number that are so bad I literally can't understand them, and a huge remainder that suck, but not so much that I can't piece together what they're looking for if I try hard enough. I generally only upvote questions if I think they'll help other people, or they're unusually well-written ...


43

I like to hope that enough of us remember what it was like being new and low on damage points to understand what is happening here more thoroughly than some simplistic FAQ-waving. For one, I remember. The critique that people edit posts just to gain points is not an uncommon one, and people do encourage people to make such edits substantive ones as much as ...


41

You're always encouraged to answer questions as actual answers and not simply as comments. But it's really up to the individual users of the site to put in whatever effort they are most comfortable with. I would encourage you, or anyone that may come across this situation, to look at these comments as an opportunity to write them up as more complete ...


41

People might be using old kernel version, and for many reasons be unwilling or unable to update. just update your answer with something like: Kernel version 3.14.15.927 released on July 18, 2016 fixed this issue. With older versions, [the existing answer]


40

Absolutely. Yes indeedy. Thank you kindly. Editing a post to convert a non-editable image into malleable text is very helpful. Even if all the edit does is transcribe, it is absolutely a helpful edit. So yes, please keep doing that and thank you for taking the time to do so!


39

In retrospect, I agree that the WIKSH thread isn't working out as intended. I do think that the WIKSH thread is useful, but it doesn't work as a duplicate target. It guides people towards solving their problem — by telling them to use a different distribution — but it doesn't answer their actual question: instead, it explains why their question isn't getting ...


38

I don't see how any of your examples were requests for learning materials. Execute command on ranger selection has now been reopened. What is the difference between Docker, LXD, and LXC looks like it should be too broad but has received what appear to be two very good answers, one of which has been accepted so I also reopened that one. https://unix....


37

It's the downside of success: this site is growing, and that means we're attracting more and more people who don't necessarily know what they're doing. Seeing a sloppily-worded question lowers my urge to help, too. The less well-worded a question is, the higher the chance is that I'll simply ignore it when I'm browsing the question list. If I do decide to ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible