On 26th November 2019, the Kali Linux team has announced the release of Kali Linux 2019.4. This release is different from the previous releases because of multiple reasons. One of the most visible improvements in Kali 2019.4 release is a well themed Xfce Desktop.

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The UI Revamp

The Kali Linux team was planning to have a major UI change for quite some time. The existing GNOME Desktop environment is too much functional and is not something that people are looking in a distribution like Kali. Also, the team has to work on a completely different layout for ARM systems.

By introducing the Xfce Desktop environment, Kali Linux provides an out-of-the-box functional desktop environment. It is not too much of resource hungry and can provide a consistent and smooth experience in lower specification systems and high-end computers.

The Kali Linux team also brings an eye candy theme for the Xfce Desktop. It also provides an undercover mode, which if enabled, your desktop will look like Microsoft Windows and you can continue to work on your hacking activities without giving doubt to the people around.

What are other changes in Kali Linux 2019.4?

The major changes in Kali Linux 2019.4 are listed below. You can read more about these in Kali Linux 2019.4 release announcement.

  • Introduces the Xfce Desktop environment.
  • A new Gtk3 theme which can be used for both GNOME and Xfce Desktop environments.
  • Kali Undercover mode which helps to easily change your desktop layout to something more familiar to the public and enjoy some privacy.
  • All the documentations are converted to markdown format and are stored in /docs directory. It is hosted in a public Git repository so that everyone can have access to it.
  • The packaging documentation is made more simple and straight forward. This helps people to package tools for Kali Linux.
  • Enables support for BTRFS which provides snapshot support for backing up the system.
  • Microsoft Powershell is now packed for Kali
  • Linux Kernel 5.3.9
  • Usual bug fixes and package updates.

Kali Linux 2019.4 Xfce Edition screenshots

You can also checkout more stunning screenshots of Kali Linux 2019.4 here.