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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Noob Alert - Difference between Repository types and which ones to use?

    Hello,

    I bought a laptop for Kali Linux. It's cheap but it works well. I want to be able to use it for more than just pen-testing though. I bought this laptop because i'm aiming to be a Network Administrator but i have a LONG ways to go and LOTS to learn. So consider me a noobie (especially when it comes to exactly which repositories to use and for what). I'd rather not be recommended to try a different distro for beginners. I want to learn the hard stuff first then everything else will be easy. Any resources with images for good explanations on repositories would be GREAT.

    [U]My main goal (right now) is to be able to get things like WICD from apt-get and/or apt-get install and just use it successfully in general.

    One of my questions is:

    What is the difference between Regular, Bleeding Edge, and Source repositories and which one should i use if i want only want the latest stable updates for things like WICD and anything else, really.



    After following the guides below i cannot get the apt-get to work to install Flash. Nor can I install WICD by using apt-get install WICD. This is what i get when doing "apt-get install wicd":

    Failed to fetch http://xxxxxxxxx Size Mismatch
    Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing


    I followed this article here to get me started:

    20 things to do after installing Kali Linux

    and

    Add official Kali Linux Repositories



    My current Sources.list looks exactly like this:

    ## Regular repositories
    deb http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
    deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free
    ## Source repositories
    deb-src http://http.kali.org/kali kali main non-free contrib
    deb-src http://security.kali.org/kali-security kali/updates main contrib non-free


    What changes do i need to make in order to use apt-get and/or apt-get install with no problems?


    One more thing... I have edited the source file about twice. Is there a way to do some type of command to clean up the editing that i did to that file after adding the repositories needed to get Flash, Java, WICD, etc.


    Thanks in advance for helping a noob like me !!

  2. #2
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    Since ur a "noobie" i suggest you first read all the official kali documentation here:
    http://www.kali.org/official-documentation/

    Also all you question's can be answered just by doing a simple google search,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubuss View Post
    Since ur a "noobie" i suggest you first read all the official kali documentation here:
    http://www.kali.org/official-documentation/

    Also all you question's can be answered just by doing a simple google search,
    I found http://docs.kali.org/general-use/kal...t-repositories from the link that you provided which states nothing about descriptions of the three types of Regular, Bleeding Edge, and Source and when it is best to use them. It's a very basic question and they the tutorial indicates that the user should already know the difference between these. I have also used google and cannot find an answer on exactly what the differences are and when it is best to use them.

    Thanks in advance.

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    In addition to that... I know that Kali is Debian Based but can a list of what each repository be found? For instance, Recordmyscreen and WICD.

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    Regular = normal, stable releases. If your wanted program isn't there, it's either not available or not available as a stable release yet.

    Bleeding Edge = the latest dev build pushed to the repo. Potentially unstable and buggy

    Source = Source code included with download for devs to fork and alter.

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