Kali Linux is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testing or — yes — hacking. This Debian-based Linux is a security worker’s favorite distribution. And, now Linode, which recently became part of Akamai, is offering Kali as a supported distribution.
With Kali on Akamai, you can test and secure your production systems. Akamai Linode Cloud is the first alternative cloud provider to partner with Kali Linux. That means, as Linode Senior Product Marketing Manager Hillary Wilmoth put it, you get “testing opportunities and configurations supported by Kali Linux as a standard distribution deployed on any compute instance or a Marketplace app that includes the Kali user interface and a full suite of tools.”
For example, while you can add open-source penetration testing tools to any Linux distro, you must then also set up and configure these tools by hand. Kali comes with these tools already optimized and ready to run.
But what if you have specific security tool needs? No problem. Thanks to Kali Linux Metapackages and its well-documented ISO customization process, you can generate an optimized version of Kali for your particular needs.
Thanks to its use of the lightweight XFCE desktop, you can also easily run a graphical desktop from your Linode cloud instance. That’s much harder to do with such resource-hungry Linux desktop interfaces as GNOME or KDE Plasma.
Linode is working with Kali on further documentation on how to best use