6.2. Kali Linux Communities
There are many Kali Linux communities around the world using many different tools to communicate (forums and social networks, for example). In this section, we will only present two official Kali Linux communities.
The official community forums for the Kali Linux project are located at forums.kali.org. Like every web-based forum, you must create an account to be able to post and the system remembers what posts you have already seen, making it easy to follow conversations on a regular basis.
Before posting, you should read the forum rules:
We won't copy them here but it is worth noting that you are not allowed to speak about illegal activities such as breaking into other people's networks. You must be respectful of other community members so as to create a welcoming community. Advertising is banned and off-topic discussions are to be avoided. There are enough categories to cover everything that you would like to discuss about Kali Linux.
IRC is a real-time chat system. Discussions happen in chat rooms that are called channels and are usually centered around a particular topic or community. The Kali Linux project uses the
#kali-linux channel on the Freenode network (you can use
chat.freenode.net as IRC server, on port 6667 for a TLS-encrypted connection or port 6666 for a clear-text connection).
To join the discussions on IRC, you have to use an IRC client such as
hexchat (in graphical mode) or
irssi (in console mode). There is also a web-based client available on webchat.freenode.net.
While it is really easy to join the conversation, you should be aware that IRC channels have their own rules and that there are channel operators (their nickname is prefixed with
@) who can enforce the rules: they can kick you out of the channel (or even ban you if you continue to disobey the rules). The
#kali-linux channel is no exception. The rules have been documented here:
To summarize the rules: you have to be friendly, tolerant, and reasonable. You should avoid off-topic discussions. In particular, discussions about illegal activities, warez/cracks/pirated software, politics, and religions are forbidden. Keep in mind that your IP address will be available to others.
If you want to ask for help, follow the recommendations listed in How to Avoid RTFM Answers: do your research first and share the results. When you are asked for supplementary information, please provide it accurately (if you must provide some verbose output, don't paste it in the channel directly, instead use a service like Pastebin and post only the Pastebin URL).
Do not expect an immediate answer. Even though IRC is a real-time communication platform, participants log in from all over the world, so time zones and work schedules vary. It may take a few minutes or hours for someone to respond to your question. However, when others include your nickname in a reply, your nick will be highlighted and most IRC clients will notify you, so leave your client connected and be patient.