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Hi Guys,

My understanding is that Kali is designed and built explicitly for penetration testing, which is a real requirement for large software projects. i.e. to find out if the project you are about to deploy have any predictable security flaws that could be exploited by third parties. I'm not sure it's designed to be treated as a generic distribution for general use. If you're not a penetration tester by trade, starting with Mint, Ubuntu or KUbuntu might be a better bet.


Hello Hinu  - and welcome to the Forum.

Kali Linux looks very dubious to me.  I found on "  Kali Linux is made for the express purpose of penetration testing. It is built on the Debian codebase and is created by a security firm known as Offensive Security."
And on  "1 advantage of kali over other distros is it can mount ntfs partitions even when not safely turned off from windows or its hibernated. and you can install other general purpose software as per needed.

For general purpose use, Mint would be the better option and there is much more support for it.   What are you using Kali for? 

For a start, try:
Code: [Select]
iwlist scan | grep ESSID
and post the output here.  Is your router or modem listed?


Dear all,
I am new user in kali linux, I am using kali from virtualbox windows 10. I tried many time connect my Leo-hg150N usb adapter in kali linux, I can't Possible connect. I commant sudo iwconfig that is showing only wlan0 only. I have internet connect but that only ethernet modem did't show my usb adapter name. and tried airodump-ng wlan0mon. but not get bssid. can you help me...?

thanks & regards
News and Events / Linux.UK
« Last Post by Mad Penguin on September 16, 2020, 12:38:08 pm »
Hi, we're about to launch a new website at (not available just yet) and are looking for more content .. specifically if anyone has an article they've written (or would like to write) about their experiences with Linux or getting started with Linux, please message me .. :)
General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« Last Post by Keith on September 09, 2020, 05:27:08 pm »
Hi Barry.

I'm glad that you found the source of the problem and that you are up & running with Mint.
As you have fixed the original purpose of your topic, please amend the title of your first post to say [Solved]. 

General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« Last Post by DavidMcCann on September 09, 2020, 04:47:50 pm »
Try the Gimp before deciding that you must have Photoshop. There's a lot of documentation, like
Some versions of Photoshop can be run using Wine:
If you only own Photoshop Elements, that's not so Wine-friendly, but Gimp is more powerful anyway.

For suggestions on useful programs and replacements for Windows software, look here:
Don't forget to get them from the Mint repository — that means you'll get the bug fixes automatically.
General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« Last Post by trebby91 on September 09, 2020, 04:22:40 pm »
Found out where I was going wrong, I download the copy of  linux Cinnoman from the University of Waterloo Computer Science club in Canada, Wrong! There are a lot of things missing in the Canadian version its totally different from the U.K. edition or maybe it was just corrupt, since download it from UK site, wonderful!

 Like most people I am trying to get away from windows 7, I am over the moon with Mint 20 I tried Linux years ago, it was not for me then but it is now!

The only thing I am really missing is Photoshop can somebody please walk me through what I have to do to run it on Mint 20? ( slowly)
General Help & Advice / Re: CD Ripping
« Last Post by Keith on September 08, 2020, 11:10:13 am »
Hi Melissa.

Did you succeed in downloading Brasero from either of the sites suggested?
If you have solved your problem (in any way) please let us know and mark your post as Solved. 

As an aside; 
1. The latest version of Audacity (2.2.1) will save MP3 files as WAV files that you can burn to a CD and play on your retro radio. 
2.  Xubuntu has many CD/DVD burners available for installation (along with many other useful applications) and will work well on your netbook, so you might consider installing it. 

General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« Last Post by Rich J on September 05, 2020, 09:02:47 am »
Hi Barry - looks like it's best if you start again from scratch!

Good news - it's easier than it first appears! 

Your lappy is 64-bit capable so that gives you way more choice of distribution.  When you have decided on which one to go for, (and I would recommend Mint as I use it myself exclusively - others are available - but at least choose a more 'mainstream' one as the support for those is much broader).  And should a particular 'distro' be not to your liking, you can replace it with another with no problem or cost and add to or delete from it to suit your own particular requirements.  Bit different to other systems, eh?  ;)

For example, let's say Mint is the target, copy and paste the link directly into your browser bar -

This will take you directly to the official site.  Follow the instructions from there.  This link will not show you the latest version of Mint (that's v20) but one that is well established and has a long support life so should give you a stable and polished OS to begin with  ;) and version Mate rather than Cinnamon as it is more 'user friendly' for Windows converts.  You can easily upgrade later once you are comfortable in Linux.  Also, check out the forum boards.  Under 'Installation and Boot' you'll find plenty of 'how-to's' on setting it up.

Oh, and regarding problems in typing in instructions.....  I assume you mean into the Terminal?  You can simply copy/paste those straight in to avoid errors but be sure to copy all of the string as they can be quite long occasionally!

Hope this helps but if you get stuck, repost on here and we'll walk you through it as best we can.

Welcome to Linux!


General Discussion / Re: Yet another newbie!
« Last Post by Keith on September 04, 2020, 04:15:39 pm »
Hi Barry.

Doesn't sound good. 
The Dell Inspiron is fine and with 4GB should run any Ubuntu-based operating system like Mint. 

I meant which website (found with Google) did you download the ISO from?
But....did you check the integrity of the downloaded ISO file? That's important.  You can get the information about how to do it here:

It turns out that Mint provides a check sum using sha256sum rather than MD5SUM - sorry I misled you there. 
If Mint is running (sort of) you can start a terminal session (CTRL+ALT+T) and follow the instructions from the Mint website above.  I've just tried it on a Mint 20 ISO and it worked fine - except that my Mint 20 Live USB doesn't work! 


[EDIT] Just noticed that you refer to Mint XUbuntu.  But these are different operating systems.  Which do you have installed?
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