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Linux Top 3: Kali Rolls, Gparted partions and Android x86 Mobilizes Linux

  • January 25, 2016
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

As always there is no shortage of activity in the Linux distribution space and this week is no exception as multiple types of Linux distributions are out with updates.

1) Kali Linux 2016.1

The security pentesters dream that is Kali Linux was originally born as Backtrack Linux and re-named and rebuilt in March 2013. In August 2015, Kali LInux 2.0 debuted, remaking Kali once again - this time as a rolling release distribution, though it has taken some time to get…rolling.

The first release of the Kali-Rolling distro 2016.1 debuted on January 21.


Today marks an important milestone for us with the first public release of our Kali Linux rolling distribution. Kali switched to a rolling release model back when we hit version 2.0 (codename “sana”), however the rolling release was only available via an upgrade from 2.0 to kali-rolling for a select brave group. After 5 months of testing our rolling distribution (and its supporting infrastructure), we’re confident in its reliability – giving our users the best of all worlds – the stability of Debian, together with the latest versions of the many outstanding penetration testing tools created and shared by the information security community.


2) Gparted Live 0.25.0-1

The GParted Live 0.25.0-1 release is a new stable version of the popular live Linux distro. GParted has likely saved more system administrators than anyone would care to admit, with a live set of tool that can help to recover and rebuild disks and disk partitions.


This live image contains GParted 0.25.0 which adds fine progress indicators for checking and resizing ext2/3/4 partitions and for resizing NTFS partitions. Also included is improved Linux Software RAID member detection and file system clearing.

Items of note include:

    Based on the Debian Sid repository (as of 2016/Jan/19)
    Replaced i586 live image with i686 (due to change in Debian repository)
    Linux kernel updated to 4.3.3-5.


3) Android x86 4.4 r4

Last but not least, the Androix x86 project wich builds a Linux distribution that enables Android to run on x86 desktop is out this week with its' final update in the Android 'kitkat' 4.4 family.



The Android-x86.org is glad to release the 4.4-r4 to the public. This is the fourth and probably the last stable release of Android-x86 4.4 (kitkat-x86).


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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