Parrot OS (formerly Parrot Security OS) is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography. The product, developed by Frozenbox, comes with MATE as the default desktop environment.
The Parrot OS team have announced a new version, 4.11, of the distributions Home and Security editions. Parrot is based on Debian’s “Testing” branch and features a wide range of updates, particularly to the kernel. “Linux 5.10 is the default kernel of this new Parrot version, with better hardware support for very recent hardware. We plan to release Linux 5.11 as soon as possible as a later update. We have finally purged many old, broken and unmaintained tools, and revisited many of the existing ones. Our tool meta packages were revisited as well to reflect this little revolution. Parrot 4.11 provides cleaner meta packages, updated tools and a more consistent repository. Previous Parrot versions used to have unneeded services shut down by default, but such services happened to re-enable randomly after system updates. We have enforced some systemd rules to prevent this happening.” Further information on Parrot 4.11 can be found in the project’s release notes.