Kali Linux is finally launching its first version of 2022 with a non-root user model and other major changes.
By switching to the main operating system, Kali always discourages using the latest version for general purposes. Kali Linux 2022.1 is primarily recommended for professional penetration testers and security specialists.
Kali Linux 2022.1 removes default root user
Due to the historical reason why the default superuser uses tools more, Kali switches to the standard user without privileges.
For detailed reasons, you can read here.
Now during installation, you will get a dialog to create a user account with unprivileged rights.
In addition, if you do not want to create a non-root user, you can restore the previous root policy template by installing kali-grant-tool.
update of apt && apt install -y kali- grant -root
Kali restructures its image of the installation
To simplify Kali ISO File, Kali 2022.1 switches to a single image installer with fewer ISO Files available for downloads such as the installation ISO File, live ISO File, and a network installation ISO File with reduced sizes.
Separate images for each desktop environment are now deleted. However, you can choose your desired desktop environment during installation in each image.
ARM images always follow the default single-user root policy. If you are a Pinebook Pro user, there is no new image version for Pinebook Pro.
Kali brings more respite to the mobile pentester to run Kali NetHunter without rooting the phone.
In addition, for better use of limited hardware resources, NetHunter images are available in three editions: Nethunter, NetHunter Light and NetHunder Rootless.
New desktop environment theme
Kali introduces major design changes for different cases, icons and desktop themes.
To refresh the GNOME desktop, Kali brings dark and light variants for the shell theme as well as refined desktop themes.
The Flat-Remix icon theme also expands to add 85 new application icons and 16 specific kali category icons. The menu icons are replaced by a new one.
Kali-Undercover becomes more tactile to look like Windows with improved window headers, workspace icons and an undercover terminal.
How to download and install Kali Linux 2022.1 ISO File?
Are you worried about uploading a new ISO File to upgrade your current kali system?
Then I would say that you don’t have to download to upgrade the existing system. Kali Linux 2022.1 is a continuous distribution because it receives continuous updates.
You can just update and you will have the same with the new latest version.
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade
If you want a new ISO File, you can download them from the official website here.