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I am trying to download Virtualbox on my Kalinux and I would like know which Debian my Kali Linux is based off of.

root@ccna:/etc/apt# uname -a
Linux ccna 4.0.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.0.4-1+kali2 (2015-06-03) x86_64 GNU/Linux

root@ccna:/etc/apt# cat /etc/*-release
DISTRIB_ID=Kali
DISTRIB_RELEASE=2.0
DISTRIB_CODENAME=sana
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Kali GNU/Linux 2.0"
PRETTY_NAME="Kali GNU/Linux 2.0 (sana)"
NAME="Kali GNU/Linux"
ID=kali
VERSION="2.0 (sana)"
VERSION_ID="2.0"
ID_LIKE=debian
ANSI_COLOR="1;31"
HOME_URL="kali.org/";
SUPPORT_URL="forums.kali.org/";
BUG_REPORT_URL="bugs.kali.org/";

Apparently on the OracleWebsite, There is Jessie, Wheezy and Squeeze.

Which one should I download ?

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Per Kali Linux release notes:

So, what’s new in Kali 2.0? There’s a new 4.0 kernel, now based on Debian Jessie

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From Kali Linux Official Documentation:

The Kali Linux distribution is based on Debian Wheezy.

But, as noted, Kali 2.0's new 4.0 kernel is based on Debian Jessie.

From your results of uname -a, you have Kali Linux 2.0 with a kernel version of 4.0.0, hence your kali is based on Debian Jessie.

  • Where can I look this up ? thank you btw fast replay – Young Kim Feb 18 '16 at 2:28
  • No problem. You can follow the links provided on this page for more information. In particular, you can look at kali linux 2.0 released for Kali 2.0, which is what you have. – assefamaru Feb 18 '16 at 4:47
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Many distros support the Linux Standard Base conformant distros support the lsb_release command:

lsb_release --codename

Even without the lsb_command one can often find

cat /etc/*-release

and grepping for VERSION.

  • As per the updated question, this only reveals the Kali version, and not which Debian release it's based on. – tripleee Jun 16 '17 at 7:24

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