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Kali Linux 2017.3 on the GPD Pocket

Unofficial Kali ISO Image available now for download
UPDATE: ISO 20171226-1  & Kernel 4.15.0-rc5-re4son+_8

Touch screen
Screen rotation
Proper display scaling & fan control
Built natively with debian lb and d-i

What is working:

  • Proper screen orientation for graphical debian-installer
  • Display properly rotated in terminal buffer, login screen & desktop
  • Scaling set to 0.60 ( 0.50 in gdm )
  • Touchscreen aligned to rotation
  • Multitouch
  • Wifi
  • Screen brightness
  • Cooling fan
  • Bluetooth
  • Sleep/wake
  • HDMI port
  • Charging at full speed
  • USB-C for data
  • Audio & Headphones

What needs some more work:

  • Encrypting the root partition is not supported yet. Coming in mid Jan.



  1. Download the latest ISO image from here:
  2. Write the image to a USB drive
  3. Insert the stick into your GPD pocket, turn on and press F7 until boot menu pops up
  4. Select boot from USB stick
  5. In the Kali menu, select “Kali Live” and boot into desktop
  6. In Kali, run GParted and unmount primary partition
  7. Run debian-installer-launcher
  8. Install
  9. Reboot
  10. Enjoy
  • The Pocket-Kali image comes with a limited set of tools to keep the size down (i.e. “top10” and “wireless” meta packages).
    Just install “kali-linux-full” to get the whole shebang.
  • Install the latest kernel as documented in the next chapter
  • Follow @Re4sonKernel on Twitter for notifications on updates

Kernel updates:

Version included in ISO: 4.15.0-rc4-re4son+_2

The Kernel is based on Hans’ source tree with all the latest patches to support the GPD Pocket.
You should update to this one:

Latest Stable Version: 4.15.0-rc5-re4son+_8

  • Improved hardware support, performance and stability
  • Workaround for touchscreen I2C errors after resume from suspend
  • Fix for ugly “pcspkr” message on boot
  • Fix for missing objtool during runtime compilations
  • kalified kernel config
  • includes installer

Latest Test Version: 4.15.0-rc7-re4son+_2

  • All of the above, plus
  • Latest kernel updates
  • KTPI patch
  • touchscreen workaround replaced by permanent fix
  • workaround for debian bug #862175
  1. Download and install new kernel via:
    # Either download the stable version:
    # (SHA256: 0e4720abcf7246489d63339773c08a3eeb3fb7a3097d878cdcf313f5e907fb72)
    wget -O re4son-pocket-kernel.tar.xz
    # Or download the test version:
    # (SHA256: 3d036b373b22e1a79e663090a0137c6e80320ac8bf32bbfa1696af826d60152a)
    wget -O re4son-pocket-kernel.tar.xz 
    tar xJf re4son-pocket-kernel.tar.xz
    cd 4.15.0-rc5*
  2. Remove old re4son kernel, e.g.:
    apt remove linux-image-4.15.0-rc4-re4son+ && apt remove linux-headers-4.15.0-rc4-re4son+

Fixes (Not required for ISO versions 20171226-1 and later):

Backlight Control:

Please copy and paste this into a terminal:

echo "pwm-lpss" >> /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
echo "pwm-lpss-platform" >> /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
echo "i915" >> /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
update-initramfs -u

That’ll fix it. The next image will include this.


Please copy and paste this into a terminal:

wget -O /etc/pulse/daemon.conf
mkdir -p /usr/share/alsa/ucm/chtrt5645
wget /usr/share/alsa/ucm/chtrt5645/HiFi.conf
wget /usr/share/alsa/ucm/chtrt5645/chtrt5645.conf
wget /etc/acpi/events/headphone-jack
wget /etc/acpi/


Feedback and help:

Please join the forums to provide feedback and support. Any help to improve the image is greatly appreciated.


Massive thanks:

Stockmind and friends for the audio and backlight fixes:

Hans de Goede for the kernel patches: