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Debian vs Kali Linux: What are the differences?

Debian: The Universal Operating System. Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software; Kali Linux: 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.

Debian and Kali Linux can be primarily classified as "Operating Systems" tools.

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Pros of Debian
Pros of Kali Linux
  • 49
    Massively supported
  • 45
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 6
    Aptitude
  • 4
    It is free
  • 4
    Customizable
  • 4
    Works on all architectures
  • 7
    Has many penetration testing tools
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    Penetration testing tools are pre-installed
  • 4
    Runs on both x86 and ARM platforms
  • 2
    Its just debian so it has better support

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Cons of Debian
Cons of Kali Linux
  • 9
    Old versions of software
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    Can be difficult to set up on vanilla Debian
  • 2
    Outdated versions of common packages
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    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 Debian?

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

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.

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What are some alternatives to Debian and Kali Linux?
Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Fedora
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Linux Mint
The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
Arch Linux
A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
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