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Kali Linux 2023.4 Release Adds Raspberry Pi 5 Support With GNOME 45

Kali Linux's last update for 2023 is here.

Kali Linux, the popular hacking-focused Linux distro has a new release in the form of Kali Linux 2023.4, which offers some important changes.

This comes only a few months after the Kali 2023.3 release, so let's dive in and see what's in store.

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🆕 Kali Linux 2023.4: What's New?

a screenshot of kali linux 2023.4 neofetch output

Being Kali's final release for 2023, Kali Linux 2023.4 focuses on providing a few new platform offerings, and some updates to their infrastructure.

Some key highlights include:

  • Raspberry Pi 5 Support
  • Inclusion of GNOME 45
  • Hyper-V Support in Vagrant

Raspberry Pi 5 Support

This has been one of the most sought after; Kali Linux 2023.4 features support for the Raspberry Pi 5 single-board computer.

You can either build the image manually, or download the new dedicated image that can also be automated using the Raspberry Pi Imager software.

The developers have also mentioned that Nexmon support is not functional with the built-in Wi-Fi chip for now. They suggest users to use an external card to be able to monitor modes or frame injections.

Inclusion of GNOME 45

a screenshot of kali linux 2023.4 with gnome

Kali Linux 2023.4 sees the debut of GNOME 45 in all its Activity-button-less avatar. You can expect to take advantage of the new pill-shaped workspace switcher, improved system settings, new/updated Core apps and more.

The Kali Linux team has also done some tweaks of their own to improve the experience even further. They have improved the speed of the search functionality in Nautilus, implemented full-height sidebars in many apps, and updated various themes.

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Hyper-V Support in Vagrant

Kali Linux's Vagrant offering now includes a Hyper-V environment. If you are not familiar, Vagrant is a source-available Docker alternative that can be used to build and manage portable virtual machine environments.

🛠️ Other Changes and Improvements

Other than the above-mentioned, here are a few other notable changes:

  • New download mirrors in Japan and Serbia.
  • A transition to Mirrorbits for handling mirror redirection for Kali.
  • New Kali Linux ARM64/AMD64 offerings on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure marketplaces.
  • And a plethora of new tools that have been added to the network repositories.

You can go through the official release blog to learn more about this release.

📥 Get Kali Linux 2023.4

This release of Kali Linux is available from the official website.

For existing users, you can update to the latest release by running the following command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

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