Kali install in a virtual machine on W10

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After successfully installing Kali in a virtual machine on Windows 10, I appear to be running in to some basic issues which I really should understand by now. Firstly when attempting to ' locate proxychains ' it returns the following message: /var/lib/plocate.db: No such file or directory. If I then use ' sudo apt-get install proxychains ' it returns two Errors. Err1; and Err2: are unexpected file size errors. There are also issues noted 'E: failed to fetch http://block.isp.sky.com...' I have similar issues with tor.

As you can tell I am a complete newbie. Can anyone offer any suggestions of whats going on with this basic infor or do you need the report logs.
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All advise and guidance is very much appreciated. I've also installed Ubuntu which I'm primarily using alongside it. I would however very much like to configure Kali so that I no that I am secure. That said, you cant run before you learn to walk. Thanks Rob
 
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Welcome to the forums, did you read the Kali documentation before you tried to install?.
Here is an important clip

Is Kali Linux Right For You?


As the distribution’s developers, you might expect us to recommend that everyone should be using Kali Linux. The fact of the matter is, however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testers and security specialists, and given its unique nature, it is NOT a recommended distribution if you’re unfamiliar with Linux or are looking for a general-purpose Linux desktop distribution for development, web design, gaming, etc.

Even for experienced Linux users, Kali can pose some challenges. Although Kali is an open source project, it’s not a wide-open source project, for reasons of security. The development team is small and trusted, packages in the repositories are signed both by the individual committer and the team, and - importantly - the set of upstream repositories from which updates and new packages are drawn is very small. Adding repositories to your software sources which have not been tested by the Kali Linux development team is a good way to cause problems on your system.

While Kali Linux is architected to be highly customizable, do not expect to be able to add random unrelated packages and repositories that are “out of band” of the regular Kali software sources and have it Just Work. In particular, there is absolutely no support whatsoever for the apt-add-repository command, LaunchPad, or PPAs. Trying to install Steam on your Kali Linux desktop is an experiment that will not end well. Even getting a package as mainstream as NodeJS onto a Kali Linux installation can take a little extra effort and tinkering.

If you are unfamiliar with Linux generally, if you do not have at least a basic level of competence in administering a system, if you are looking for a Linux distribution to use as a learning tool to get to know your way around Linux, or if you want a distro that you can use as a general purpose desktop installation, Kali Linux is probably not what you are looking for.
 
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Welcome to the forums, did you read the Kali documentation before you tried to install?.
Here is an important clip

Is Kali Linux Right For You?


As the distribution’s developers, you might expect us to recommend that everyone should be using Kali Linux. The fact of the matter is, however, that Kali is a Linux distribution specifically geared towards professional penetration testers and security specialists, and given its unique nature, it is NOT a recommended distribution if you’re unfamiliar with Linux or are looking for a general-purpose Linux desktop distribution for development, web design, gaming, etc.

Even for experienced Linux users, Kali can pose some challenges. Although Kali is an open source project, it’s not a wide-open source project, for reasons of security. The development team is small and trusted, packages in the repositories are signed both by the individual committer and the team, and - importantly - the set of upstream repositories from which updates and new packages are drawn is very small. Adding repositories to your software sources which have not been tested by the Kali Linux development team is a good way to cause problems on your system.

While Kali Linux is architected to be highly customizable, do not expect to be able to add random unrelated packages and repositories that are “out of band” of the regular Kali software sources and have it Just Work. In particular, there is absolutely no support whatsoever for the apt-add-repository command, LaunchPad, or PPAs. Trying to install Steam on your Kali Linux desktop is an experiment that will not end well. Even getting a package as mainstream as NodeJS onto a Kali Linux installation can take a little extra effort and tinkering.

If you are unfamiliar with Linux generally, if you do not have at least a basic level of competence in administering a system, if you are looking for a Linux distribution to use as a learning tool to get to know your way around Linux, or if you want a distro that you can use as a general purpose desktop installation, Kali Linux is probably not what you are looking for.
Thanks for the heads up - Its always useful to listen to the advice of others - Every day is a school day, there's always something new to learn. Whilst Kali is new to me as is Linux in general, I'm not a complete novice, I do have some basic knowledge of commands, file system etc - I'm able to navigate my way around and run basic command etcs, but there's no getting away from it, I am a novice in terms of experience of using Linux/Unix. Whilst I do have some experience this was mostly at Uni 15 years ago whilst doing my Computer Science degree and occasionally dabbling with RasberryPi over the years. Since then, I worked predominantly on the old legacy system Novell Netware administering systems before migrating over to window servers ruining Citix for Win-Terms. So whilst I have considerable experience managing 123 servers and an appreciations of the logic and system architecture, I just don't have the necessary experience of using Linux - That will come with time! I guess we all have to at the beginning. So hopefully, with the help of you all I will focus on familiarising myself with the basic essentials of Linux on Ubunt. Last thing I want to do is waste everyone's time o here. Thanks!!!
 

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Ok, here are a few tips, some for now others for later,
There are around 5 pentesting versions of Linux, they all are cut down versions, so getting up and running is deliberately hard, if you do not have the Linux knowledge of where to find & how to install any missing drivers or codecs, their own forums are unlikely ever to reply to an obvious newbie question.

Which ever mainline distribution you choose to install and run as a daily drive, once you are competent you can install the pen-testing tools to that distribution [but i do not recommend it ..see next tip]

Professional security pen-testers do not normally install any of the specialist distributions or tools to their main drive, for added security they will use a dedicated machine, a"live pen-drive installation" or a VM.

You could try the home desktop version of Parrot but not the testing version until you are ready [but again do not expect to get too much in the way of newbie support]

Am I trying to put you off, well Yes and No,
Yes because we don't want to see you jump off the cliff without the parachute of knowledge and blaming Linux for failure,
No, we just want to support you with our best advice
 
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Ok, here are a few tips, some for now others for later,
There are around 5 pentesting versions of Linux, they all are cut down versions, so getting up and running is deliberately hard, if you do not have the Linux knowledge of where to find & how to install any missing drivers or codecs, their own forums are unlikely ever to reply to an obvious newbie question.

Which ever mainline distribution you choose to install and run as a daily drive, once you are competent you can install the pen-testing tools to that distribution [but i do not recommend it ..see next tip]

Professional security pen-testers do not normally install any of the specialist distributions or tools to their main drive, for added security they will use a dedicated machine, a"live pen-drive installation" or a VM.

You could try the home desktop version of Parrot but not the testing version until you are ready [but again do not expect to get too much in the way of newbie support]

Am I trying to put you off, well Yes and No,
Yes because we don't want to see you jump off the cliff without the parachute of knowledge and blaming Linux for failure,
No, we just want to support you with our best advice

It’s appreciated, it’s very easy to try and run before you walk. I would very much like to do this the correct way and at least establish a basic foundation of knowledge before shooting off in the wrong direction. I mean I can do basics things such as deal with permission, interrogate local system, monitoring CPU cycles etc and am comfortable with the core commands. I was just confused with why proxychains wasn’t installing - This just demonstrated how much of a novice I am. I’m always appreciative of help in the hope I will become a competent user. Again thank!
 

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ok, let's see if we can find you a fix to this problem, have a read of the following

Sorry - I should've reported back. I'm pleased to say I figured it out just after posting my initial message. I had forgot to start the 'tor' service and had assumed the error was to do with an earlier issue. Once I retraced my steps I was able to eliminate what I had done or hadn't done as the case may be and bingo.

I'm pretty sure I will have pleanty more isues, though I will envour to work them out more thoroughly myself next time before wasting everyone time. Im now trying to figure out how to install Linux onto an old Aspire Chromebook
 

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Im now trying to figure out how to install Linux onto an old Aspire Chromebook

Many of those have locked bootloaders, meaning you can't really install anything else without some way of unlocking it - which the OEM isn't gonna do. They're locked like cell phones - or can be/sometimes are.

If that's the case, installing Linux directly on it is problematic. (Ignoring that Chrome OS is technically a Linux-based operating system.)

So, it might be a fun challenge for you...

If you stick with it, or get bored, be sure to swing by the introduction's section of the site and tell us more about yourself and how it is you came to be here.
 
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Many of those have locked bootloaders, meaning you can't really install anything else without some way of unlocking it - which the OEM isn't gonna do. They're locked like cell phones - or can be/sometimes are.

If that's the case, installing Linux directly on it is problematic. (Ignoring that Chrome OS is technically a Linux-based operating system.)

So, it might be a fun challenge for you...

If you stick with it, or get bored, be sure to swing by the introduction's section of the site and tell us more about yourself and how it is you came to be here.
Great idea, will do that now.
 
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