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    Could be Kali part of Free GNU/Linux distributions?

    hello, thank you very much for the space, I wanted to communicate with you because I was finding out if kali is a free operating system and I find that it does not appear on the list of https://www.gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html and when I read there suggest me:

    "If the distribution isn't listed there either, and you think it qualifies for a listing under our guidelines, then please let the distribution's maintainers know about this page and encourage them to get in touch?we'd like to hear from them".

    which is what I am doing at the moment because I found information about you when I was looking for kali, which is one of my reiki guides, and I would like to have an operating system with your name.

    happy evening

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    Your Reiki guide is in respect to the goddess Kali, also referred to as Mahakali, Bhadrakali and Kalika, a Hindu goddess who is considered to be the goddess of ultimate power, time and change.

    It is because the goddess is so considered that the name Kali was chosen for this distribution, and yes, Kali is a free distribution, but its not really aimed at being a general use Operating System it is designed to be a hacking and Penetration testing tool for IT specialists to test their networks and any attached devices for weaknesses that need patching.

    There are many other Linux based distributions better placed to be a general use Operating system.

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    I use it as a general purpose desktop on 4 Thinkpads and have been for the last year. I'm very happy with it and like using apt and the rolling updates. I Admin it like a Debian box and don't have one Kali tool listed on my fluxbox menus.

    Kali, Goddess of Death, bring me Liberation. It shows Kali GNU/Linux in the shot, too:

    2022_1.jpg

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    @Trihexagonal

    I believe you've mentioned Kali used as a general desktop OS for you once or twice lol

    I've used BlackArch as a pentest platform too, you'd feel right at home if you like fluxbox, but anyone who uses window managers is a more experienced Linux user, and I don't think that original poster qualifies as that, ity was just the name that struck a chord!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sheehan View Post
    @Trihexagonal

    I believe you've mentioned Kali used as a general desktop OS for you once or twice lol
    Oh, you saw me when my Circus was on tour.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sheehan View Post
    I've used BlackArch as a pentest platform too, you'd feel right at home if you like fluxbox, but anyone who uses window managers is a more experienced Linux user, and I don't think that original poster qualifies as that...
    I know it's not meant to be a daily driver, and not for inexperienced users, but I demonstrated the stability of the Operating System for a year and how it is quite suitable, for me, in that role.

    I've heard how it's supposedly more open as a pentesting distro, but trust people who know exploits not to leave users of their OS vulnerable to them for starts . Not to mention I can build a FreeBSD desktop from scratch and know how to set up and Admin a UNIX box.

    However, I did come to realize I knew a lot more about FreeBSD than Linux and have spent most of my time running Linux to increase those skills with 4 Kali boxen, including an i386 IBM T43.

    And maybe, just maybe, Kali Linux will include a wallpaper featuring the Goddess Kali in future releases.

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    Actually I found your website on FreeBSD a while ago, a good run through of how to get going with a FreeBSD based system. The site had a girl jester image in red and black on its home page then.

    I have used FreeBSD a bit, and even tried a few of the other BSD's including Dragonfly with its Hammer2 file system, all on bare metal, but as I've generally been on Macbook Pro's for the last few years there's always something that is either a pain to get working or just doesn't work correctly. (Broadcom WiFi for starters, or trackpad issues)
    It's rock solid as a server of course!

    I think Linux is moving quite a long way from its Unix compatible roots these days, with systemd and the like. I do like Fedora though, it has always been one of the few Linux distros that 'just works' on a Macbook without jumping through hoops.

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