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Thread: Customize the Kali Desktop KDE, Gnome, Mate, XFCE, LXDE, e17, etc

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    Customize the Kali Desktop KDE, Gnome, Mate, XFCE, LXDE, e17, etc

    To build your own Kali ISO image with a custom Desktop Environment, start by following the build your own Kali ISO guide. Before building your ISO, edit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot to contain the following entries to install the desktop environment of your choice:

    To read the full document, check our Customize the Kali Desktop article.

    If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.

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    I've follow the step how to build an custom ISO but with E17 and at the end there is an error saying the package e17 doesn't exist. and when I try to install it (via a mini-iso ncurse base install) with apt-get install e17 (or enlightenment) and still no luck.

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    i started following the instructions and on the second step of the custome kali iso i get the following error

    root@kali:/etc/apt# git clone git://git.kali.org/cdimage.kali.org
    Cloning into 'cdimage.kali.org'...
    fatal: remote error: repository not exported: /cdimage.kali.org


    not sure why i'm getting this error, anyone received this error?

    thanks in advance for your help

    Cheers

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    nevermind about my priviuse question
    i tried git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git and it worked

    thanks
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    have someone could change gnome to KDE? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by chap0 View Post
    have someone could change gnome to KDE? thanks

    Ive already did all the steps, i think i did it well but i didnt have any changes :/ who have been succesful with this?

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    are there any plans on having a downloadeble KDE iso?
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    No foreseeable plans. You can build your own KDE iso : http://docs.kali.org/live-build/cust...op-environment

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    Are those lines sufficient to run xmonad as window manager?

    xmonad
    xmobar
    dmenu

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    Please make Official KDE release from Kali Linux

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    Quote Originally Posted by nix View Post
    are there any plans on having a downloadeble KDE iso?
    I know... how friggin terrible is gnome! gotta close windows via the task panel :@@:

    no need to use someone botched iso just because it has kde on it, just...

    apt-get install synaptic

    then locate the desktop manager of your choice, eg type KDE into the search box after you've started synaptic.

    Install the common files for KDE Desktop... during unpacking and installing you will have a configuration window pop up...

    after KDE is installed reboot and from the drop-down box on the logon screen select kde plasma.

    once you're one the plasma desktop you can install wicd and then purge network manager and gnome.

    apt-get install wicd
    apt-get purge network-manager
    apt-get autoremove gdm3
    apt-get autoremove –purge gnome*

    then magically the year you're living in is 2013 again and not 1985

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    I've put together a KDE build manually. Is it possible to use the same format you described with XFCE?


    Quote Originally Posted by phlegm View Post
    I know... how friggin terrible is gnome! gotta close windows via the task panel :@@:

    no need to use someone botched iso just because it has kde on it, just...

    apt-get install synaptic

    then locate the desktop manager of your choice, eg type KDE into the search box after you've started synaptic.

    Install the common files for KDE Desktop... during unpacking and installing you will have a configuration window pop up...

    after KDE is installed reboot and from the drop-down box on the logon screen select kde plasma.

    once you're one the plasma desktop you can install wicd and then purge network manager and gnome.

    apt-get install wicd
    apt-get purge network-manager
    apt-get autoremove gdm3
    apt-get autoremove –purge gnome*

    then magically the year you're living in is 2013 again and not 1985

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    They put together a guide to do it yourself and people still complain about no KDE version!?
    Ubuntu only comes with Gnome, someone else made it with KDE and packaged it as Kubuntu. You're all well within your rights to go ahead and do the same thing, rather than expect the dev team to do everything for you.
    On a separate note; I'm thinking of making a DWM build

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    Or at least a Non PAE release of KDE or Gnome I'm sure theres alot of people running older machines like me

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    I have a KDE build. I followed the instructions

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    Quote Originally Posted by muts View Post
    To build your own Kali ISO image with a custom Desktop Environment, start by following the build your own Kali ISO guide. Before building your ISO, edit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot to contain the following entries to install the desktop environment of your choice:

    To read the full document, check our Customize the Kali Desktop article.

    If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.


    Thank you Muts for the quality info. I do however have one thing to add that would have saved me literally a handful of hours.

    Make sure you have A LOT of disk space available.

    I ran through the procedures and everything was cool aside from the two hour download of all the updated programs. I installed Kali in virtualbox and figured the finished ISO would be about the same size or smaller than the original ISO. SO guessed 18 GB would be sufficient. It wasn't and I had now spent 2 hours waiting for all the updates. Oh well, chalk that up to trial and error. I deleted the virtual disk and create 24 GB Virtual disk. I then started the hybrid.iso creation process and waited another 2 hours for downloads to finish. Only to find out that I still ran out of disk space. !!! *smashes head against wall*

    Third time was a charm, I deleted the 24GB virtual disk and created a 34GB virtual drive. I woke up the next day and found my LXDE-Kali hybrid.ISO.

    I tested the ISO and it works great "SO FAR".

    Again, thank you for the quality links on how to change from gnome to a lighter weight OS.

    But it would have been nice to know ahead of time how much disk space I would need to have available. This reply is simply here to hopefully let others know so they don't spend 6-7 hours downloading updated for no good reason.

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    I apologize in advance if this has been discussed elsewhere, but I did research this as best I could.

    Other distributions that use Gnome (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) have a...shiny version that uses a Mac-esque Spotlight or Windows 7 indexing search. For example, on Fedora, I can press the "Windows" button on my keyboard and it will tile all my open windows and put me at a search bar that I can use to just type "Terminal" (for example) and it will open Terminal instead of having to dig through menus.

    I read in the Customize the Kali Desktop (http://docs.kali.org/live-build/cust...op-environment) documentation, but it alludes to building a custom ISO. I already have Kali installed so can I just run apt-get for
    Code:
    gnome-core
    kali-defaults
    kali-root-login
    desktop-base

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    I have a question regarding KDE desktop.

    How well does it work in a live USB? Does it adapt to all machines anywhere anytime?

    ...ok that was 2 questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    How well does it work in a live USB? Does it adapt to all machines anywhere anytime?
    Personally I love the KDE Build I made. I have had no problems with it, and so far was worked well on every machine I've used it on. It's quite fast and responsive too. I amde an i386 version. Can use it as a live USB, as well as having the options to install it.
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    I just used "apt-get install xfce4" and afterd it istalled "xfce4-goodies" later on you can delete gnome with the remove and purge i choose not to.

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    I have seen a many people use live desktop for Linux Mint to bring their desktop to life. They can display CPU Stats, IP Addresses, etc. all from their desktop. Is there any possible way to do that in Kali? Also, would it be possible to create a short movie and have that continuously repeat as my background? Thank-you, in advance.

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    thanks .. its very nice to see that .. i will try inshallah
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    Released!!!!(fixed version) 15568 lines of bash scripting code!!

    Added support for amd64 ,i386,686 images
    Added compability to create Kali linux: jessie,wheezy,sid,squeeze
    Desktops Building Capabilities : XFCE,KDE,ICEWM,GNOME,MATE,LXDE,E17


    Kali Linux Generator its a script that automates the building process of kali linux images (iso)!!!

    removed Desktop Building Capabilitie E17 option


    option 1 :You can just build a Kali Linux image

    or

    option 2 : the created iso will be remixed (if you choose to remix distributions) with the current installed system ,what does this mean?? it mean that you will get a kali linux image with your current settings,wallpapers,documents(something like backup to a new operating system

    NOTE:
    To remix distribution with kali linux generator you most choose the exact desktop that your installed system has on it installed !! otherwise you will get a kernel panic when you try to boot to the created iso , keep that in mind brothers !!
    No comments.. this script is what any lazy people out there needs!!


    Note : This script is tested only under debian linux!! it is not tested on Ubuntu..





    DOWNLOADS : http://www.blackhatsec.org/ ( download link)

    Please brothers test it and report any error back... and thank you very match for helping me make it perfect brothers !! its a nice tool(script)
    Added compability to create Kali linux: jessie,wheezy,sid,squeeze


    Special thanks to:
    Offensive Security for the awesome OS

    sorry for the youtube video ,i did not see the rules but now i know,thanks anyway!
    Last edited by D4RkNiK0l4s; 2016-01-16 at 09:44.

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    git is not cloning

    Quote Originally Posted by muts View Post
    To build your own Kali ISO image with a custom Desktop Environment, start by following the build your own Kali ISO guide. Before building your ISO, edit config/package-lists/kali.list.chroot to contain the following entries to install the desktop environment of your choice:

    To read the full document, check our Customize the Kali Desktop article.

    If you have any issues with this procedure, please post them in this thread.
    After installing the necessary packages(copied and pasted the command) this is my issue.

    root@kaliBox:~# git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git
    Cloning into 'live-build-config'...
    fatal: read error: Connection reset by peer

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    After copy and pasting "apt-get install git live-build cdebootstrap kali-archive-keyring"

    i ran into issue with

    root@kaliBox:~# git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git
    Cloning into 'live-build-config'...
    fatal: read error: Connection reset by peer

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    great my problem is solved just because of reading this chat

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    Hi everyone, I really like Cinnamon and it is available in the repositories I currently have Kali installed with gnome as the default WM and then i ran 'apt-get --install-recommends --install-suggests install cinnamon' and now I have cinnamon installed as well. I would really like to custom build an ISO with cinnamon as the default WM, is there anyway this can be done?? I have visted http://docs.kali.org/live-build/cust...4gs60kxhsfj1_2 but there is no option for cinnamon.

    If i can't custom build a Cinnamon ISO I really like KDE. I was running Kubuntu for a year but I've had a countless issues with lightdm. Is lightdm the default greeter for kail-KDE??

    Any help will be greatly appreciated

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    How to Build your own Kali Linux Distribution (based on your installed debian)


    1. Backup your sources list !

    cd /etc/apt/

    sudo mkdir /etc/apt/backup

    sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

    ##. Replace the existing sources list with those sources that you will need to build your distribution!

    rm -rf /etc/apt/sources.list

    mv /etc/apt/sources.list.backup /etc/apt/backup

    touch /etc/apt/sources.list

    echo "##kali stable
    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main contrib non-free
    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main/debian-installer
    deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali-dev main contrib non-free

    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://http.kali.org/kali kali main contrib non-free
    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://http.kali.org/kali kali main/debian-installer
    deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main contrib non-free

    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
    deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free

    deb [arch=i386,amd64,armel,armhf] http://repo.kali.org/kali kali-bleeding-edge main
    deb-src http://repo.kali.org/kali kali-bleeding-edge main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

    2. Install the live build package and some packages that maybe needed to build your distribution!

    cd ..

    ## just to make sure your are to the correct directory!
    cd /root

    wget -q -O - https://www.kali.org/archive-key.asc | gpg --import

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install squashfs-tools apt-cacher-ng genisoimage git debian-archive-keyring kali-archive-keyring

    sudo apt-get install live-build dosfstools genisoimage memtest86+ mtools parted squashfs-tools genext2fs mtd-tools sudo fakeroot uuid-runtime win32-loader syslinux syslinux-themes-debian syslinux-themes-debian-squeeze

    apt-get -f install -y

    git clone git://git.kali.org/live-build-config.git

    3. Configure the live build config to build you distro!!

    cd /root/live-build-config/

    ln -sf kali /usr/share/live/build/data/debian-cd/kali

    apt-get update

    lb config --distribution kali

    4. Select the Desktop you like to build (etc XFCE,KDE...)
    ## for XFCE execute those commands :

    cd /root/live-build-config/config/package-lists

    rm -rf kali.list.chroot

    rm -rf standard.list.chroot

    touch standard.list.chroot

    touch kali.list.chroot

    echo "! Packages Priority standard
    docky
    gedit
    radiotray
    preload
    gtk-recordmydesktop
    zsh
    csh
    galculator
    synaptic
    axel
    cpuid
    network-manager-pptp
    network-manager-pptp-gnome
    network-manager-openvpn
    network-manager-openvpn-gnome
    network-manager-vpnc
    network-manager-vpnc-gnome
    isomaster
    xchat-common
    xchat
    libreoffice
    shutter
    bluez-gstreamer
    bluez-compat
    bluez-alsa
    bluez-cups" >> standard.list.chroot

    echo "# kali meta-package depends on everything we want
    kali-linux-full
    kali-root-login
    kali-defaults
    kali-menu
    kali-debtags
    kali-archive-keyring
    debian-installer-launcher
    alsa-tools
    cryptsetup

    # provide l10n for everybody
    locales-all
    console-setup
    kbd
    console-data
    console-common

    #if ARCHITECTURES armel armhf
    cgpt
    vboot-utils
    vboot-kernel-utils
    #endif

    #if ARCHITECTURES i386 amd64
    firmware-b43legacy-installer
    firmware-b43-installer
    guymager
    #endif

    # 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 package of your
    # preferred desktop.


    # *** XFCE DESKTOP ***
    iceweasel
    alsa-base
    alsa-firmware-loaders
    gstreamer0.10-alsa
    gnome-alsamixer
    gir1.2-gstreamer-0.10
    gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio
    gstreamer0.10-nice
    gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
    gstreamer0.10-x
    gstreamer0.10-gconf
    gstreamer0.10-plugins-base
    gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
    libgstreamer0.10-0
    libclutter-gst-1.0-0
    gir1.2-clutter-gst-1.0
    libgstreamer-plugins-bad0.10-0
    libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0
    gstreamer0.10-plugins-good
    gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-0.10
    gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
    kali-defaults
    kali-root-login
    desktop-base
    network-manager-gnome
    network-manager
    xfce4
    xfce4-goodies
    xfce4-places-plugin" >> kali.list.chroot

    touch /root/update-kali

    echo "apt-get update
    apt-get -y dist-upgrade
    apt-get --purge -y autoclean
    apt-get --purge -y autoremove" >> /root/update-kali

    chmod +x /root/update-kali

    cd ..

    cd /root/live-build-config

    ## execute those commands only if you like to include kali linux official wallpappers

    mkdir -p /root/live-build-config/config/includes.chroot/usr/share/wallpapers/kali/contents/images

    cd /root/live-build-config/config/includes.chroot/usr/share/wallpapers/kali/contents/images/ &
    wget https://www.dropbox.com/s/n2vujwlt8h...rs.tar.gz?dl=0

    mv Kali-Wallpapers.tar.gz?dl=0 Kali-Wallpapers.tar.gz

    tar -xzvf Kali-Wallpapers.tar.gz

    rm -rf Kali-Wallpapers.tar.gz

    rm -rf Kali-Wallpapers.tar.gz?dl=0

    cd ..

    cd

    cd /root/live-build-config/

    5. Select the architecture you like to build!
    #for amd64 execute the following command:
    lb config --architecture amd64
    apt-get update

    #for i386 execute the following command:
    lb config --architecture i386
    apt-get update

    #for 686 execute the following command:
    sed -i 's/686-pae/486/g' auto/config
    lb config --architecture i386
    apt-get update

    #for armel execute the following command:
    lb config --architecture armel
    apt-get update

    #for armhf execute the following command:
    lb config --architecture armhf
    apt-get update

    6. Final step is to build your distribution! ( i use the build log command to watch out for error in the build proccess )
    sudo lb build > build.log

    Remix the iso you have just created with your running distribution.(use always debian)
    To remix the created iso with your installed system download this script:
    ##before you run this script make sure you have a iso in your desktop directory called binary.iso
    download the script move it in your desktop directory and execute the following commands:
    link : http://bit.ly/1HCZP5T
    ##make it executable
    chmod a+x remixer.sh

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    Hi Fellas !!!

    I`m a "new" linux user, i started with Ubuntu and now i want to use a Kali Linux...
    I`ll use in a Flash USB, but i want remove the Firefox Browser and install TOR Browser and make this permanent, without do/use a persistent mode.

    Need i do a custom Kali iso ? have only this way to do this ?

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    Your case is very common to encounter. It is in my computer are also currently running this program!
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    I've been trying to build a few custom Kali ISOs with various alternate desktops. I've used the following command to do so, having made no modifications to the stock live-build-config setup downloaded from the git.kali.org:

    ./build.sh --distribution sana --variant kde --verbose

    The above command worked awesome. When I installed Kali from the generated ISO, a text based Login: prompt appeared for about 2 second, then it disappeared and I was greeted by the KDE GUI Login prompt. KDE seemed to work great.

    When I tried to build and ISO with the --variant mate, --variant i3wm, or --variant e17 commands, it did not work so well. I installed Kali from the generated ISOs, but upon first boot of the installed OS, all I got was the text login prompt. Even if I logged in, no graphical desktop loaded. Arn't they supposed to load automatically like Gnome and KDE do? Any suggestions as to what I might try to fix this?

    Thanks,
    Riddick

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    I used the --variant mate option, got the text login prompt, and as soon as I logged in, the mate desktop loaded. I would also like to automate it.

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    This happens because a display manager is not installed -- at least for the MATE variant. An easy fix is attached. It logs you in automatically and starts X.

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    I'm looking to customize the background for a gnome build. I've tried placing the wallpaper into /includes.chroot/usr/share/images/kali-wallpaper_1920x1080.png with no success. It works great for the xfce build however.

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    how to install mate on kali 32 bit?
    Last edited by hcq; 2016-09-18 at 16:11.

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    I tried to make an 32 bit LXDE Kali Linux (as an iso) ... but while downloading he said that some packages were missing. Is there any way to still get a 32 bit LXDE Kali?

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    can you give more details on what is missing? log, error message, anything that could help us, because for now i could only say, install the missing package :-P

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    "Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    [2017-02-13 21:09:20] lb config
    P: Executing auto/config script.
    [2017-02-13 21:09:21] lb config noauto --distribution kali-rolling --debian-installer-distribution kali-rolling --archive-areas main contrib non-free --debootstrap-options --keyring=/usr/share/keyrings/kali-archive-keyring.gpg --keyring-packages kali-archive-keyring --updates false --backports false --source false --firmware-binary true --firmware-chroot true --mirror-bootstrap http://archive.kali.org/kali --mirror-debian-installer http://archive.kali.org/kali --mirror-binary http://http.kali.org/kali --iso-application Kali Linux --iso-publisher Kali --iso-volume Kali Live --linux-packages linux-image --memtest memtest86 --bootappend-live boot=live components splash username=root hostname=kali --bootappend-live-failsafe boot=live components username=root hostname=kali memtest noapic noapm nodma nomce nolapic nomodeset nosmp nosplash vga=normal --security false --debian-installer live --linux-flavours 486
    P: Updating config tree for a debian/kali-rolling/i386 system
    P: Symlinking hooks...
    Can't build rch image on i386 system."

    First, I tried it on a 64Bit Kali, thats why it doesn't work BEFORE I asked the question here. Now its on a 32 Bit Kali and it still doesn't seems to work.

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