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MrEncrypted
2018-12-26, 21:39
Hi, Kali Linux community!
I'm new using Kali Linux, I have been using Arch Linux with BlackArch for a while. Now I have a new laptop with better hardware for hacking and virtualization. However, this laptop has Windows 10 Pro by default and I need W10 for work and university. So, uninstalling W10 and installing Kali only it's not an option.
Yes, I know about Dual Boot, but I find this really painful, every time Windows Upgrades, Kali Linux stop booting and sometimes some partitions get removed. I always prefer to have a full installation, but this time I need Windows installed and I have no problem with Windows even though I'm a Linux guy. I know I could use VM but I heard about Kali Linux using WSL and I want to hear your opinions about it.
I want to know your opinions about WSL
Do you find it too limited?
What about networking?
Do you think you perfectly (or decently) work using Kali Linux for WSL + Windows apps (Win32)?

I know a VM would be a lot easier to work with, but in that case, I prefer to install Arch Linux (+ BlackArch) and use Windows on VM.


Thanks for any help!

steev
2018-12-27, 16:02
Hi, Kali Linux community!
I'm new using Kali Linux, I have been using Arch Linux with BlackArch for a while. Now I have a new laptop with better hardware for hacking and virtualization. However, this laptop has Windows 10 Pro by default and I need W10 for work and university. So, uninstalling W10 and installing Kali only it's not an option.
Yes, I know about Dual Boot, but I find this really painful, every time Windows Upgrades, Kali Linux stop booting and sometimes some partitions get removed. I always prefer to have a full installation, but this time I need Windows installed and I have no problem with Windows even though I'm a Linux guy. I know I could use VM but I heard about Kali Linux using WSL and I want to hear your opinions about it.
I want to know your opinions about WSL
Do you find it too limited?
What about networking?
Do you think you perfectly (or decently) work using Kali Linux for WSL + Windows apps (Win32)?

I know a VM would be a lot easier to work with, but in that case, I prefer to install Arch Linux (+ BlackArch) and use Windows on VM.


Thanks for any help!

A lot of the tools won't work properly because WSL still doesn't have raw sockets (iirc) - that said, I do like it overall, in that, I can run various utilities and even compile software just fine on it. It's useful, but if they ever implement raw sockets, it would be better.

You definitely would be better off using a VM.