Kali Linux non-root and no pen-test tools install w/ screenshots

April 12th update: Thankfully, as of 2020.1, Kali Linux has swapped to a privileged non-root user by default. You will now log in with the user you create during the install process and no longer as root. This means you can now accomplish my recommended setup (a stable non-root Debian-testing rolling release, managed by the […]

Pinebook Pro – My First Impressions and Setup Tips

The Pinebook Pro is a 14″ laptop built for developers and Linux end-users. It weighs less than 3lbs, which, in my case, replaces a two times heavier laptop. (See my work-laptop history). I’ve not been this excited about receiving a piece of Linux hardware since the Raspberry Pi launch. This very blog post is composed […]

Best Linux distro and Desktop Environment Combinations

Are you searching for the best Linux distro (distribution) and DE (Desktop Environment) combination? What better way to increase your familiarity with Linux servers than running Linux on your laptop or workstation. As mentioned previously, there’s the best Linux Distro for me, and the best Linux Distro for you. What you choose today will often change […]

How to direct-install Debian SID rolling release using mini.iso (w/ screenshots)

This post has been updated. Original post: May 20th, 2017. Last updated Feb, 28th 2020. For desktop, I’ve often preferred rolling release distros such as Arch Linux or custom installed Kali Linux. However, currently I’m on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Fedora 31. Ubuntu recently released 16.04 LTS 18.04 LTS which meant performing an in-place upgrade or complete re-install […]

Replacing getty with ngetty on Debian

This article was originally posted back in October 2013. As such, I’ve updated it, since the current Debian release, Debian 9, no longer uses init, but instead uses systemd. Systemd is a system and service manager for Linux. It is the default init system for Debian since Debian 8 (Jessie).  ngetty or mingetty may be useful for […]

Temporary change #ArchLinux to #Debian

Update Jan 15th 2015: I’m back on Arch Linux. Debian was great, but Arch is better, for now. Between the front page news, Arch Wiki and the official forum, nothing is impossible to solve or find an existing solution to. I use Terminator (terminal windows can be split as many times as needed) for ssh access to servers […]