Kali Linux Interview | LAS 321

Kali Linux Interview | LAS 321

The core developer of Kali Linux joins us to discuss the projects history, what keeps Kali Linux so relevant in the penetration testing industry, the future and the major misconceptions he wants to correct about the distro.

Plus we’ll explains all the recent KDE releases, and demo the latest state of the Plasma 5 desktop and tour a radio station that runs linux.


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Kali Linux

Mati (muts) Aharoni

Mati Aharoni is the founder and core developer of the Kali Linux project, as well as the CEO of Offensive Security. Over the past year, Mati has been developing a curriculum designed for users who wish to make the most out of the Kali Linux operating system. By bringing together several advanced features in the Kali OS and projecting them into useful and practical scenario based exercises, the Kali Linux workshop was born. The workshop is designed to be a fast-paced, crash course to the most advanced features in the distribution, giving attendees the ability and freedom to bend Kali Linux to fit their needs.

Questions for Mati:

  • What made you to create/develop for Kali/Backtrack?

  • Do you still work in the security / penetration testing filed?

  • How do you think the industry has changed in the recent years?

  • Do you ever feel concerned that Kali could raise the wrong kind of attention?

  • Can you touch on the Backtrack to Kali transition?

  • Could you talk about the move to Debian as the base?

  • How big is the Kali Team?

  • In our Subreddit you mentioned:

One of my personal crusades in the next few months is to try to increase awareness of the flexibility of Kali Linux and try to change people’s mindsets about what our project has to offer.

Black Hat USA 2014 | The Kali Linux Dojo

The developers of Kali Linux present the first official all-day Kali Linux event at Black Hat USA 2014. Consisting of five, one-hour workshops, we will take you on a unique journey through Kali Linux while providing rare insights and an in-depth look at the most powerful features available in our advanced penetration-testing platform.

— Picks —

Runs Linux

Radio Station runs ALL Linux

Video edited entirely in Linux (Lightworks on Ubuntu 12.04 x64)

Desktop App Pick


a free, open source, and cross-platform media player
mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer. It shares some features with the former projects while introducing many more.

Weekly Spotlight

Unreal Engine 4 Now Has Linux Demo Games To Try

Thanks to the community a bunch of demo games built in Unreal Engine 4 now work on 64bit Linux, so give it a try! The current Unreal Engine only supports 64bit Linux, so remember that if you plan to try the test games.

— NEWS —

KDE Frameworks 5 Has Been Officially Released

The KDE Community is proud to announce KDE Frameworks 5.0. Frameworks 5 is the next generation of KDE libraries, modularized and optimized for easy integration in Qt applications.

On Plasma 5 | Mart

We used to have a 6 months “big release” of all things KDE, called in the beginning just “KDE”, then “KDE SC”, but this release is not that anymore, because KDE grown a lot in the past years, is not just that anymore, and “a single release of everything” scales only so much.

So, when a new version will arrive? how do you check if new applications come? The development cycle will be much faster now: you can expect a new release of the KDE frameworks (so the libraries, not the applications) every month, while Plasma5 will be each 3 months instead for now.

  • Getting Started/Using Project Neon to contribute to KDE – KDE TechBase

  • wteng on Reddit ELI5: KDE SC, Plasma Next, QT5, etc?

  • KDE – The community, similar to e.g. Mozilla.

  • KDE Plasma Workspaces – The workspaces created by KDE. This is what you “log in” to, and what handles the windows, desktop, and panels. There are different KDE workspaces for different form factors, such as Plasma Desktop (most common one), Plasma Netbook, Plasma Mobile (replaced by Contour) etc. So instead of saying “I use KDE”, you probably want to say “I use [KDE] Plasma Desktop”, similar to how you would say “I use [Ubuntu] Unity” or “I use GNOME Shell”. Plasma 5 is the next generation of Plasma Workspaces. Plasma 2 and Plasma Next were temporary working names that people used to refer to Plasma 5.

  • KDE Applications – Applications created using KDE libraries.

  • KDE Frameworks – The libraries and software frameworks that allow you to create graphical applications. (Formerly called KDE Platform.)

  • Qt – The application framework and graphical toolkit that KDE Frameworks is based on. There are non-KDE applications that use Qt, for example Google Earth, VLC, etc.

Until now there was still a big bundle consisting of the libraries, Plasma Desktop, and a lot of KDE applications that were released together regularly. This bundle was internally called KDE Software Compilation. It seems like KDE is moving away from having the same release schedule for everything, which is why you’ll see things like “New version of KDE Frameworks” etc. instead of “New version of KDE”.

To summarize:

If you like the workspace (the thing you log into and that handles your windows, desktop, widgets, panel, etc.), you should look forward to Plasma 5.

If you like a KDE application, like Dolphin, Okular, Krita, etc., you should be excited about the next version of that KDE application.

If you’re a developer, then you’ll probably enjoy the improvements in KDE Frameworks and Qt. There have been rather big changes in these underlying libraries that bring several benefits to users, such as modularization (less dependencies if you just want to e.g. install a KDE application) and performance, but you really shouldn’t worry too much about these.

When before you would tell people that you use KDE, now say e.g. “I use Plasma Desktop” when referring to the workspace, or “I use Dolphin” when you want to refer to a particular application (in this case Dolphin).

Desktop Containers – The Way Forward

Containers vs Virtualization

There’s quite a lot to be said about sandboxed applications, so this is the first of two posts on the subject.

Fedora Workstation is to have support for quite some technologies, including desktop containers and sandboxed applications.

Manjaro Linux Developers Experience A Mass Exodus [Updated]

“Manjaro will still exist and we have now some issues to deal with. We are sorry to all those projects trusting on us. This issue has grown now and not only our forum is now affect. The team is in direct contact with those forums and projects. It even went so far that people using our pictures and impersonate us. Not only me but other team members as well. Friends, we will pass this issue together and it also shows how strong we are, truly. I thank you all having you in my team and doing Manjaro together.”


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