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    Experiences with Building KDE Kali x86

    Hi All.
    So I built the KDE x86 Version of Kali using the Documentation within the Kali environment. I have also uploaded a torrent for those who wish to just grab it instead of doing it them selves. With that I would like to share some of the issues and solutions I have come across.

    The build goes nicely. Installing to a USB via win32disk imager also goes nicely. Being able to boot from the USB works well. After this, from the Official Gnome Release compared to the build, we run into some issues. The most glaring is networking appears to be disabled on the live USB. However, I haven't really played with the LiveUSB and decided to directly install it to my system (Dual Booting with Windows 7).

    Once installed, wired networking is working. However, there is no GUI option for connecting to wireless network.
    First some prerequisites: Star off using a wired connection.
    The Sources.list must be updated, as the build only includes one entry oO. Use this page for a guide. http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census/Kali
    Then apt-get update and upgrade as necessary.
    From there everything becomes easier.

    To get wireless working I used Wicd:
    apt-get install wicd

    Also my sound was muted and had no volume control:
    apt-get install kmix

    Firefox was missing:
    apt-get install iceweasel (Firefox clone with debian support - works, looks, and acts like firefox minus the copyrighted logos)
    or
    through the synaptic gui search for firefox, and iceweasel will come up

    Flash was missing:
    apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
    update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

    The package manager was missing:
    apt-get install synaptic

    I suppose everything after is just cosmetic and up to the user as to how they would like to customize the feel and look.

    I hope this is useful to someone Enjoy!

    ***
    EDIT.
    I am discontinuing the torrent on my end, as it seems to be pretty much a dead torrent. Happy to report I've uploaded nearly a TB of ratio. I may make a new KDE with the latest updates torrent some time down the line.
    Last edited by charonsecurity; 09-15-2013 at 01:07 PM. Reason: Update

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    Hi All.
    So a few more updates. I have noticed that Bluetooth was also not working correctly. Took me a while to figure out how to get it fixed and working, though it may be my system specific.
    So first I had to install Bluetooth (which was missing some packages) ... Actually lets backtrack a bit to show the steps I took for troubleshooting. (hint: syslog helps very much)

    First I ran "rfkill list" to insure there were no blocks.
    1: samsung-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    2: hci0: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    Two things I learned, Kali detects my bluetooth and there are no blocks in place. Good.
    So I run the code, "/etc/init.d/bluetooth status" and got the output failed. So I then run the code, "/etc/init.d/bluetooth start" and got a response that bluetooth is now started.
    However, I did not see the bluetooth icon I was expecting in the task manager.

    So, "apt-get install bluetooth" this installed a bunch of packages that were missing. Still no icon, then I had to, "apt-get install bluedevil". Finally able to get the GUI Icon I've been looking for. From there I was able to find my Device (an android phone) and successfully pair with it. Unfortunately I was not able to send or receive files. The Syslog kept showing what errors, but nothing straight forward as how to repair or fix the situation. Had to use my good friend Google, Not exactly sure where I found the fix, (cause I looked at so many pages) but in short, this is what I had to do to get it working properly:

    1. edit /etc/bluetooth/main.conf ---> and add
    Code:
    DisablePlugins=pnat
    to disable the plugin. (Apparently this has caused many problems for others, though not sure if it is necessary to add or not.)

    2. in a terminal use the following commands:
    Code:
    touch /etc/bluetooth/link_key
    chmod 644 /etc/bluetooth/link_key
    /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
    After that did a reboot of the machine, and now bluetooth is working properly. From their I added it to the startup scripts (optional) as if not you will have to issue the command to start it manually.

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    nice work man.

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    litle help for my frends here is what to do: to create a iso for kali linux 64 bit kde:

    apt-get update
    apt-get install git live-build cdebootstrap kali-archive-keyring
    git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git

    gedit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot
    and delete everything after:


    # Graphical desktops depending on the architecture
    #
    # You can replace all the remaining lines with a list of the
    # packages required to install your preferred graphical desktop
    # or you can just comment everything except the packages of your
    # preferred desktop.

    and add instead replace it with

    # KDE
    kali-defaults
    kali-root-login
    desktop-base
    kde-plasma-desktop
    kde-full
    kdm
    wicd-kde

    then

    cd live-build-config
    lb config --architecture amd64
    sudo lb build



    thks and good luck!!!

    just love kali linux!!!!
    Last edited by Nik@S_DaRk; 03-25-2013 at 06:16 PM.

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    Tnx for a KDE version

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    Everything its working at my side, after following your advice.

    I am not wired connected, just wireless, it took a little time but I was able to get my connection set, before downloaing the wicd:
    ifconfig wlan0 down
    iwconfig wlan0 mode managed
    iwconfig wlan0 essid xxxxxxx (your router's wifi essid)
    iwconfig wlan0 channel xx (the channel of Wifi tx)
    iwconfig wlan0 key xxxxxxxxx (your key )
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    dhclient wlan0

    Thanks charonsecurty

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    thanks for the making me do this too! (I was afraid that nobody would post a successfull build in here)

    I'm simply AMAZED, it's SO MUCH BETTER than that simplist Gnome little thing...
    I'm setting up everything for 2 days now, it's getting BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    I'm gonna try to install NetworkManager wireless "plugin/tool/taskbar-plugin"??? don't really know what I'll have to install...
    (I really HATE wicd...)

    latter i'll post the result here!

    Edit: (I made the x64 build)
    Last edited by wernerml; 03-24-2013 at 07:11 AM.

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    and here is the MATE version of kali linux
    kali linux 64 bit mate:


    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
    apt-get install git live-build cdebootstrap
    git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git
    cd live-build-config
    mkdir config/archives
    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" > config/archives/mate.list.binary
    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" > config/archives/mate.list.chroot
    cp /usr/share/keyrings/mate-archive-keyring.gpg config/archives/mate.key.binary
    cp /usr/share/keyrings/mate-archive-keyring.gpg config/archives/mate.key.chroot
    echo "sleep 20" >> config/hooks/z_sleep.chroot


    gedit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot
    delete everything after:


    # Graphical desktops depending on the architecture
    #
    # You can replace all the remaining lines with a list of the
    # packages required to install your preferred graphical desktop
    # or you can just comment everything except the packages of your
    # preferred desktop.

    and add instead replace it with

    # MATE
    xorg
    mate-archive-keyring
    mate-core
    mate-desktop-environment

    and then

    lb config --architecture amd64 or --architecture i386
    sudo lb build

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    If anybody it's interested in Xfce-4 version i386, amd64 and nonPae:

    Check samiux's post at:

    http://forums.kali.org/showthread.ph...Xfce-4-Desktop


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    Question Icewm Build?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nik@S_DaRk View Post
    and here is the MATE version of kali linux
    kali linux 64 bit mate:


    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
    apt-get install git live-build cdebootstrap
    git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git
    cd live-build-config
    mkdir config/archives
    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" > config/archives/mate.list.binary
    echo "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/debian wheezy main" > config/archives/mate.list.chroot
    cp /usr/share/keyrings/mate-archive-keyring.gpg config/archives/mate.key.binary
    cp /usr/share/keyrings/mate-archive-keyring.gpg config/archives/mate.key.chroot
    echo "sleep 20" >> config/hooks/z_sleep.chroot


    gedit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot
    delete everything after:


    # Graphical desktops depending on the architecture
    #
    # You can replace all the remaining lines with a list of the
    # packages required to install your preferred graphical desktop
    # or you can just comment everything except the packages of your
    # preferred desktop.

    and add instead replace it with

    # MATE
    xorg
    mate-archive-keyring
    mate-core
    mate-desktop-environment

    and then

    lb config --architecture amd64 or --architecture i386
    sudo lb build
    Is there a way to make an Icewm build?

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