Lipstick won’t change the pig

Started my next unit in the Masters degree yesterday, thus focusing on network security. They’ve asked that we use not only the standard Kali Linux used by cyber security professionals but also Ubuntu. I’m curious the latter given it’s just another Linux variant, but guess I’ll learn why as we go along.

What immediately struck me was the difference in window managers between each distribution, with Ubuntu using Gnome; I’m less than a fan, let’s just say. Coming from the macOS environment, and Windows 10 as well, where this are a lot more slick, Gnome looks kindergarten to their college.

Upon install, I was required to establish an account with Ubuntu to automate maintenance of the system. I did like the idea, so went ahead with setting that up, or at least I tried, it didn’t work. Not sure I’d their server was down that supported doing this on the day as it just wouldn’t allow doing it despite my account having been created. Contrast this to Kali where rotating seems to be via terminal commands, only two, so not too onerous.

I’m still not a massive fan of Linux to be honest, though it has come leaps and bounds over when I first played with it back in the early 2000s with Redhat Linux, back then things were very much more painful and do it all yourself buddy. Now, home users definitely would have the option of installing and effectively using something like Ubuntu as they might Windows, should they wish.

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  1. The speciality of kali linux is the preinstalled penetrative testing tools. I believe rest everything could have been same as ubuntu(but then it would have been just ubuntu with preinstalled apps)

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    1. We’re using both Ubuntu and Kali in my current unit, so getting a taste for both. I much prefer the display manager default with Kali, xfe I think, it just looks much more professional compared to Gnome. That said, I do like that Gnome comes with an update app rather than requiring me to command line it. Being newer to Linux I did have to go hunting for those commands a few months back. I do like the apt system for maintaining things.

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