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Unlike many of the distros highlighted on this page, Kali Linux is not primarily intended as a general purpose distribution. Instead, it is designed as a toolkit for forensics and penetration testing. Kali is sponsored by Offensive Security and developed by a thriving community of security experts.

With this intent, Kali's installation is concerned with far more than the tools for a basic desktop environment. The installation includes over 600 tools, ranging from classics like John the Ripper and Wireshark to more recent social- and reverse-engineering tools to Kali's own NetHunter, with new tools added regularly as well as updates. Other features include Kali's own version of the Zsh shell and a makeover of Bash to make it resemble Zsh. In addition, the Kali community and Offensive Security have partnerships with tool authors, providing them with support and forums for their ideas, as well as a broad array of documentation on security issues.

If you decide that it is time to learn about security issues, Kali is one of the best places to start.

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