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Kali linux software center: unable to download updates


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i get this problem while opening the software center in kali linux i tried the
> sudo apt-get install update
but nothing helped.


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G'day I am a newbie, and Welcome to Linux.org

THIS should get the updates for you

Seeing you are a newbie.....why did you choose Kali linux ?


New Member

i like to learn things by starting hard out. it works for me and then i just focus on that, also if it doesnt work i just step down and let microsoft run my PC (i got a license to windows 10)


Are you using Kali for everyday use? If you are you might want to look at another distro that would be better suited for everyday.


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i like to learn things by starting hard out. it works for me
No, it doesn't work for you. That is why you have to ask a simple question here.

Kali Linux is Root by default - so it doesn't need sudo.

The correct command is
apt update
Learn to walk before you try to run.


New Member
ok. do you have a good suggestion for a distro, my specs is.

256 gb SSD.

8 Gb, of ram

2.3 GHZ. processor

Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell GT2)


Well-Known Member
From those specs - pretty much anything should run well on it!

If you are a noob to Linux, you might want to consider one of the Ubuntu family of distros (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu etc.), or Mint - which is Ubuntu derived. They are typically the most user-friendly distros for noobs.

Kali Linux is not really recommended for day to day usage - it is a specialised distro aimed at professional penetration testers, but is often used by script kiddies, crackers, cyber-criminals and wannabe's.


New Member
It's possible that your apt sources needs to be updated before it will fetch the actual updates you need. If the case is just that it is saying "already up to date" then you will need to update your /etc/apt/sources.list file. Delete what is in there, and replace it with the line on here that matches your version.

70 Tango Charlie

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Greetings I_am_a_newbie,
Welcome to this website. I think you will find it very interesting and helpful.
I did a little study on my own a while back with this idea in mind - to see which distro would be the easiest for a windows user to use. For my two cents worth, I suggest that you give Linux Mint 19.2 Mate a try. I think it is the easiest one to transition to from Microsoft. Most everything in it has some resemblance to Win 7.
Some, Kali included, are just too hard for Linux beginners.
Like you, I am still quite a newbie in many areas.
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