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Dualboot Kali Linux Light 2016.1 AMD64 As A Frugal-install, And A Flat-install

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 11:30 PM

Dualboot Kali Linux Light 2016.1 AMD64 As A Frugal-install, And A Flat-install


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This tutorial provides instructions intended for a specific system setup. If your setup differs (it probably does), and you aren't sure how your deviations will affect your ability to complete these instructions, you should open a new thread detailing your system, your circumstances, and asking how to proceed. For this tutorial, a BIOS computer with a single blank hardrive was used.

Guide Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to install Kali Linux Light 2016.1 AMD64 as both a frugal-install, and a flat-install.

Tools Needed

  • DVD
  • Internet connection


  • Download "http://cdimage.kali.org/kali-2016.1/kali-linux-light-2016.1-amd64.iso" and burn it to a DVD.
  • Boot Kali Linux Light, and choose "Live (amd64)".
  • Choose "Use default config" when prompted.
  • Open the terminal, and type:
    apt-get update
  • In the terminal type:
    apt-get install gparted
  • Launch Gparted.
  • In Gparted click "Device", choose "Create Partition Table" (this will delete all data), choose "msdos" (this will create an MBRPT), click "Apply", right-click on the unallocated space, choose "New", choose "ext4" as the filesystem", choose size for the live-install partition (eg: 2048MiB) which must be large enough to house the ISO contents, choose a paritition label (eg: "KLL Frugal"), click "Add", click "Apply", click "Apply", click "Close", and close Gparted.
  • In the terminal type:
    mkdir /media/disc
  • In the terminal type:
    mkdir /media/frugal
  • In the terminal type:
    mount /dev/sr0 /media/disc
    You will need to substitute "/dev/sr0" for your DVD drive. If you aren't sure which device type:
    blkid | grep "Kali Live"
    It should list the DVD drive that contains the Kali Linux Light disc.
  • In the terminal type:
    mount /dev/sda1 /media/frugal
  • In the terminal type:
    cp -rn /media/disc/* /media/frugal
  • In the terminal type:
    umount /media/frugal
  • In the terminal type:
    umount /media/disc
  • Close the terminal.
  • Reboot, once again to the Kali Linux Light disc, choose "Graphical install", and work through the installer using your desired selections. When you reach the partition disks section use "Guided - use the largest continuous free space".
  • Reboot into your installed Kali Linux Light. If you haven't already, you can remove your Kali Linux Light disc.
  • Login as root.
  • When prompted choose "Use default config".
  • Launch the terminal and type:
    blkid | grep "LABEL=\"KLL Frugal\""
    Note down the UUID (not the PARTUUID!).
  • In the terminal type:
    nano /etc/grub.d/40_custom
  • In Nano, at the bottom, type:
    menuentry "KLL Frugal" {
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid 9811c0f7-42c6-41ec-b249-17df1ebe77ab --set root
        linux /live/vmlinuz boot=live username=root hostname=kali
        initrd /live/initrd.img
    Substitute "9811c0f7-42c6-41ec-b249-17df1ebe77ab" for the UUID you previously noted down.
  • In Nano press "control" + "x", type "y", and press "enter".
  • In the terminal type:


  • I was originally going to test this tutorial on a UEFI machine, but Kali Linux Light crashed the machine everytime I tried to boot the disc. Assuming you can boot the disc, the steps should be the same except you would use a GPT when partitioning the harddrive, and create an ESP (don't forget this when performing mounts in the steps).
  • You can also add menu entries for the installer and graphical installer, but they will not work, because they cannot find the installer device to load the installation files from.


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