Kali Linux has just been released. ISO and VMWare images for Kali, a Linux distribution from the developers of BackTrack Linux, just hit a download mirror near you.
BackTrack was/is a specialty distribution for security professionals and penetration testers. Before being re-branded, retooled and relaunched as Kali Linux, the last “stable” edition of BackTrack was BackTrack 5 R3. The “R” is for Revolution, that version’s code name.
With Kali, the distribution’s developers made the switch from an Ubuntu base to a Debian base. So, Kali is a Debian-based distribution for security gurus or those aspiring to be. Released installation images use the GNOME 3 (GNOME Shell 3.4.2) desktop environment, though there are instructions for rolling your own using the any desktop environment that you prefer.
Here are just a few screen shots from a live installation of Kali Linux in a virtual environment. This one is the boot menu.
Here’s the default desktop.