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Kali Linux vs elementary OS: What are the differences?

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; elementary OS: A privacy-respecting replacement for Windows and macOS. It is the flagship distribution to showcase the Pantheon desktop environment. The distribution promotes itself as a “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS and Windows.

Kali Linux and elementary OS 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, elementary OS provides the following key features:

  • Visual Changes in Desktop elements
  • Terminal
  • Photos

elementary OS is an open source tool with 921 GitHub stars and 540 GitHub forks. Here's a link to elementary OS's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of elementary OS
Pros of Kali Linux
  • 5
    Free to use
  • 4
    Fast
  • 4
    Stable
  • 4
    MacOs like feel
  • 3
    Elegant
  • 2
    Excellent replacement for Windows
  • 2
    Very easy to use
  • 2
    Good for beginners
  • 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

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Cons of elementary OS
Cons of Kali Linux
  • 1
    Less customization
  • 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    Outdated versions of common packages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 elementary OS?

It is the flagship distribution to showcase the Pantheon desktop environment. The distribution promotes itself as a “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS and Windows.

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 elementary OS 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.
    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.
    Mac OS X
    It brings new features inspired by its most powerful users, but designed for everyone. Stay better focused on your work in Dark Mode. Automatically organize files using Stacks.
    Manjaro
    It is an accessible, friendly, open-source Linux distribution and community. Based on Arch Linux, it provides all the benefits of cutting-edge software combined with a focus on getting started quickly, automated tools to require less manual intervention, and help readily available when needed.
    Windows 10
    It is the latest iteration of the Microsoft operating systems and has been optimized for home PC performance in a wide variety of applications from serious work to after-hours gaming.
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