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Kali Linux vs Linux: What are the differences?

Developers describe Kali Linux as "Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking Linux Distribution". It is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. It contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering. On the other hand, Linux is detailed as "A family of free and open source software operating systems based on the Linux kernel". A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.

Kali Linux and Linux belong to "Operating Systems" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Kali Linux are:

  • Advanced Penetration Testing Distribution
  • More than 600 penetration testing tools included
  • FHS compliant

On the other hand, Linux provides the following key features:

  • Portable(Multiplatform)
  • Multitasking
  • Multi User
Decisions about Kali Linux and Linux
Jennifer Briston

Netdata introduces Linux eBPF (Extended Berkeley Packet Filter) monitoring. With this enabled, monitor real-time metrics of Linux kernel functions and actions from the very same monitoring and troubleshooting dashboard used for watching entire systems, or even entire infrastructures.

This collector uses eBPF to monitor system calls inside your operating system’s kernel. For now, the main goal of this plugin is to monitor IO and process management on the host where it is running.

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Justin Dorfman
Open Source Program Manager at Reblaze · | 1 upvote · 35.7K views

If you have a file (demo.txt) that has 3 columns:

Column-1    Column-2    Column-3
Row-1a      Row-2a      Row-3a         
Row-1b      Row-2b      Row-3b
Row-1c      Row-2c      Row-3c
Row-1d      Row-2d      Row-3d
Row-1e      Row-2e      Row-3e

and you want to only view the first column of the file in your CLI, run the following:

awk {'print $1'} demo.txt

Column-1
Row-1a
Row-1b
Row-1c
Row-1d
Row-1e

If you want to print the second column of demo.txt, just replace $1 with $2

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Pros of Kali Linux
Pros of Linux
  • 7
    Has many penetration testing tools
  • 7
    Penetration testing tools are pre-installed
  • 4
    Runs on both x86 and ARM platforms
  • 2
    Its just debian so it has better support
  • 11
    Open Source
  • 9
    Free
  • 5
    Reliability
  • 4
    Safe

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Cons of Kali Linux
Cons of Linux
  • 2
    Outdated versions of common packages
  • 2
    Root GUI setup is a potential security hole
  • 2
    Packages are too large in size as compare to alpine
  • 1
    Wireless driver issues on some systems
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    What is Kali Linux?

    It is a Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. It contains several hundred tools which are geared towards various information security tasks, such as Penetration Testing, Security research, Computer Forensics and Reverse Engineering.

    What is Linux?

    A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.

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