Kali Linux Gets New Desktop Environment & Undercover Theme

Kali Linux Gets New Desktop Environment & Undercover Theme
Updates to pen-testing platform are designed to improve performance and user interface, says Offensive Security, maintainer of the open source project.

Offensive Security, maintainer of the Kali Linux penetration-testing platform, has released a new version of the widely used open source project.


Key improvements in Kali Linux 2019.4 include a brand-new default desktop environment, a unified user interface, and an undercover feature that allows security researchers to use the pen-testing tool in a public setting without tipping their hand.


With the new release, Offensive Security has moved Kali Linux from Gnome to Xfce, a lightweight, open source desktop environment for Linux, BSD, and other Unix-like operating systems. The move is designed to improve performance and the user experience for pen-testers, according to Offensive Security.


Xfce, for instance, runs on all levels of Kali installs from high-end laptops to lower-end ARM-based systems. It also ..