Kali Linux on a MacbookPro

I turned my 17″ 2010 MacbookPro into a Linux Machine

2010 17″ Apple Macbook Pro – 600 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM

I was able to configure my 17″ MacbookPro to run Kali Linux as its main operating system. The process required creating a bootable USB with the installation file on a 20GB flash stick. I used the disk duplication (dd) on the Mac OS terminal to create it.

dd if=kali-linux-2020.1-live-amd64.iso of=/dev/disk2 bs=1m

Diskutil is a command line tool allowed me to view the partitioning layout of my hard drive. I will need the correct name (/dev/disk0) later on for installation. Installing rEFInd requried me having to reboot the system into recovery mode and running the terminal from there. I ended up having to look up a couple of old guides to complete the installation. Because of the newer versions, some steps were modified. Once reEFInd was installed, another reboot allowed me to select the USB boot disk, and then the Kali Linux installer started up. I decided to completely overwrite the entire disk rather than create a dual OS setup. The process was straight forward. There seems to be an issue with the bluetooth being disabled. I am unable to turn it on thru the GUI interface. It works once I start it up in the terminal using /etc/init.d/bluetooth start but after a reboot, the same issue comes back. I will have to look into it later. I see this is a common issue after googling the problem. Anyways, it works great, another addition to my home lab.

Published by Duy Yin

A dependable technical professional and apt cybersecurity specialist with excellent analytical & problem-solving skills. Emphasis on IT security principles; confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Highly motivated to help people with excellent customer service. Capable of working under pressure, a team player, a fast learner and driven to learn new technologies.

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