Fedora vs. Kali Linux

Along all Linux distributions, I will compare Fedora with Kali Linux in different aspects. First of all, let’s get familiar with both of them.

Kali Linux

Kali Linux is a free penetration testing Linux distribution by “Offensive Security team” that is a successor of its previously version of BackTrack Linux. Kali Linux target group is security professionals and ethical hackers and it is mainly used as an environment to do penetration testing using vast available tools by default installation and tools developed by others in different communities. The Kali Linux can be installed with or without a Graphical User Interface (GUI).


Fedora is a free Linux distribution by “Community-supported Fedora project” sponsored by “Red Hat” that is suitable for daily or even developers use. It comes with two implementation method for installation on workstations and servers. The main differences between Fedora workstation and server are the packages being installed and the user interface. The Fedora workstation comes with a graphical user interface (GUI) and on the other hand Fedora server comes with command-line interface (CLI) that is suitable for installation on servers or even cloud that might be useless to have a GUI for that purpose.

The Comparison

A simple comparison between Kali Linux and Fedora can be defined as below:

DescriptionsFedoraKali Linux
Initially released dateNovember 2003March 2013
DeveloperRed HatOffensive Security
Installation platformWorkstation/ServerWorkstation
UsageDaily/server side servicesPenetration testing
Default GUI environmentGNOMExfce
Community supportDiscussion forumsDiscussion forums


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