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    Ubuntu is the “Windows” of the linux community, and is more of a crutch for the handicapped than a truly functional distro. Firstly, if “for beginners” speaks to you, then without trying to sound mean, hurt your feelings, or discourage you from pursuing your dreams as a hacker….you have no business using kali for anything other than your base operating system(ie without the security oriented tools). It is actually quite a good version of debian for every-day use. I recommend for beginners to take a deep breath and put in the effort to build debian/kali/ubuntu from one of the super-minimal install iso that are available, doing the googling to know what packages to install in base system and how to configure them, kernel configuration and compiling(cuz for hacking you will most likely need a custom kernel), partition layout, encryption schemes, etc. If you are asking this question, “kali or ubuntu,” perhaps you should take the next few months becoming intimatly familiar with linux and the command-line….like do everything from updates, installing software, and copying files, to downloading from the internet and even watching youtube from the command-line. If this idea scares you, well perhaps you should take the “blue” pill.



    If you are familiar with the command line and switching out desktop environments(ie gnome, KDE, XFCE, etc) is somthing that is not outside your reach, then ubuntu and kali are really not that different, kali is reasonably hardened(for a binary distro) and ubuntu has a larger developer base, meaning perhaps(theoretically) faster updates and better drivers……theoretically. There are also SolydXK, Linux-Lite, Linux Mint, and numerous others “for beginners.” As I said though building your own from only a minimal base system is the best way to learn many of the necessary skills for hacking.
    If you are alitte more adventurous then I recommend building Gentoo using SystemRescueCD



    +1 For Kali here.



    Ubuntu and Kali are both debian based.. Kali is aimed for digital forensics hence its pre-installed with a bunch of forensic tools. Ubuntu isn’t aimed at digital forensics so its not pre-installed with a bunch of tools. Keep in mind since they are both debian based any tool for kali should be able to install on ubuntu. In my opinion Kali is overrated there is a million tools pre-installed out of which you would probably only use 5. For me I use Ubuntu and have the necessary tools i need .. example.. wireshark.



    Probably if you want to go hardcore use Arch linux



    Both are kinda like the same because Ubuntu and Kali linux are Debian derivatives but in Kali linux, you get more tools for penetration testing, forensics, and so on.
    No matter what distribution you use, Kali or Ubuntu, you get the same results.
    However it’s a good idea to use what they teach here (Ubuntu) if you don’t know your way around linux.


    Gov’t Mule

    It depends on what you are seeking. Ubuntu is a desktop distro, more for daily use. Kali is oriented toward penetration testing, hacking if you will. You can use Ubuntu and install all of the tools included in Kali, but why not just orient towards your specific usage.


    Go for Kali Linux..


    Anggit Supriyanto

    With Kali Linux, hacking becomes much easier since you have all the tools (more than 300 pre-installed tools) you are probably ever gonna need.



    @fcmam5… u re good.



    I like Kali linux when I need to get it up and running in a pinch, but most of the time, I usually build out a minimal install of CentOS and build all the tools I need on that. I find it that most of the time, I am only using a few tools and not everything that is compiled with Kali.



    I don’t think it is a matter of which distro, but more a matter of first learning Linux if you come from Windows. Using a distro with many pre-installed & preconfigured settings makes things too easy so one may not really learn the basic.

    The basics would be setting up a vanilla install from scratch and get it to do everything that you need such as network access. surfing, printing etc. etc. In the process of doing so a lot will be learned about the basics of Linux.



    Very enlightening.Thank you all.



    Like other people in this thread already mentioned. You can use Ubuntu/Mint/Arch etc as your main OS. Boot Kali from USB if you are going to pentest/hack.Or use virtualbox. Sure you can use Kali as your main OS but why would you? It’s not built for that purpose ( imho).



    Right can only agree with that. Depending on what you are doing use ubuntu for general purpose and for pentesting use kali since there are a lot of usefull tools already within.



    @ahmad…. good suggestion u dropped here.



    Sometimes in Ubuntu you don’t need to learn how to use the terminal. I guess it’s better to use kali linux instead since you will be using terminal the most.



    have you guys tried Backbox linux, .. i recommend it , if you are a New Linux user and for Network Admins..
    it accepts most apps and its loaded with pen testing apps too..

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  samutachika.


    I started with Ubuntu then tried out loads of other Distros for a while to settle on Mint with KDE interface for my daily use. Kali is loaded on the Laptop to play and learn. Going to try Cyborg Hawk OS on it soon. Would love to try for an Arch System eventually. Arch or Black Arch.

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