Kali Linux 2016.1 very slow while using as Virtual Machine. I have been using Kali Linux for a long period of time, to learn ethical hacking and penetration testing. So i will always update the Kali Linux platform to keep my environment and the penetration testing tools updated.
Like wise, i was using Kali Linux 1.0.0 for a long time from its release, later after the release of Kali Linux 2016.1 version, i downloaded and installed in VMware Workstation. After installation i took all my backup from the oldest Kali Linux and updated it in the new version of Kali Linux 2016.1.
Since i have got the new version, i deleted the old version, so that i can free my disk space which was consuming nearly of 20 GB. After all this stuff, i started the Kali Linux and started to run some of the tutorials which i got from the internet.
While i tried to run the packages which come in the Kali Linux ISO, it began to slow down with 1 GB of memory in the VMware Workstation. So after getting frustrated with 1 GB of memory, i tried to give 2 GB of memory to the Kali Linux 2016.1.
Terminal goes well for some time, but while i tried to run more number of terminal in the workspace, it started to hang, so i closed everything and tried to run the applications like Maltego, Armitage but possibly i couldn’t able to open both the applications in the same time.
Most of the time i restarted the VM to work with the applications. So i thought of importing the VM from VMware Workstation to VirtualBox. But in VirtualBox, i couldn’t even open 4 terminals at same time with 2 GB of memory. I tried a lot by freeing my host systems memory and used many clean up tools.
I cant able to speed up the Kali Linux 2016.1. So lets put the burden on the developers and wait for the next release. Hope the next version works well as VM. Right now i switched back to the previous version of Kali Linux.