What is Kali Linux and why do I want it on my Chromebook!
Kali is a Linux distribution that is widely accepted as the Linux distribution for penetration testers, security experts and hackers. It is the successor to Backtrack Linux. Kali allows the user to install packages such as aircrack-ng and reaver to collect data on and hack into wireless networks.
How Do I Install Kali Linux on a Chromebook?
To install Kali on a Chromebook with crouton, the Chromebook must be in developer mode. please reference the following page to learn how to enter developer mode.
Once in developer mode you need to download a special forked version of crouton. Kali has not yet been pulled into the master crouton project on github.
UPDATE: Kali has been added into the main crouton tree. You can download it here crouton.
Open the crosh terminal (CTLR+ALT+T).
enter shell mode by typing shell / enter.
from shell type sh ~/Downloads/crouton -r kali -t kde -n kali
-r is the release. We need to set this to Kali. If the -r switch is not passed Ubuntu will be installed.
-t is the target command that specifies what GUI interface you want installed by default. Gnome is the default unity for kali however it does not work on my HP Chromebook 14″. KDE works and is a good alternative to Gnome.
-n is the name parameter. We define the -n switch here so we can give the chroot a custom name of kali.
As of this article I do not recommend gnome for the target gui on the HP Chromebook 14.
The process will run and install kali on the system.
at some point you will be prompted for a user name and password.
How Do I Run Kali Linux on a Chromebook?
Once the install is complete from the shell type sudo startkde.
this will start the Kali instance.
To transition seamlessly from chromeos and unity press CTRL+ALT+<=(backward) for chromeos and CTRL+ALT+=>(forward).
if the machine is rebooted you will have to enter shell and type sudo startkde again.
it is possible to install multiple chroots.
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