Parrot OS is a GNU / Linux distribution based on Debian with a focus on security, privacy and development. It is also used by many penetrating testers.
Parrot OS Core
The Parrot is based on Debian’s test arm (Bullseye), which has a Linux 5.8 kernel. It follows a rolling release development model.
The desktop environments are MATE and KDE, and the default display manager is LightDM.
The system is certified to run on devices that have a minimum of 256MB of RAM, and is suitable for both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64) processor architectures. In addition, the project is available for ARMv7 (armhf) architecture.
In June 2017, the Parrot team announced that they were considering making the transition from Debian to Devuan, mainly due to system problems.
As of January 21, 2019, the Parrot team has started phasing out the development of its 32-bit (i386) ISO.
In August 2020, Parrot OS officially supports the lightweight Xfce desktop.
Official Website:- Parrot Security
There are several versions of Parrot that are based on Debian, with various desktop environments available.
Parrot OS Tools
Parrot OS has many tools specifically designed for security researchers and related to penetration testing. Some of them are listed below, more can be found on the official website.
Tor, also known as an onion router, is a distributed network that makes internet browsing anonymous. It is designed in such a way that the IP address of the client using Tor is hidden from the server the client is visiting. In addition, data and other details are hidden from the customer’s Internet Service Provider (ISP). Tor uses hops to encrypt data between network clients and servers. Tor network and Tor browser pre-installed and configured in Parrot OS
Onion Share is an open-source utility that can be used to securely and anonymously share files of any size over a tow network. The onion share then generates a long random URL that the recipient can use to download the file over the TOR network using the TOR network.
Anonsurf is a utility that switches operating system communications to Tor or other unknown networks. According to Parrot, AnonSurf protects your web browser and makes your IP anonymous.