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Parrot Security OS

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Parrot Security (ParrotSec) is a Security GNU/Linux distribution designed for the Cyber-Security (InfoSec) field. It includes a full portable laboratory for security and digital forensics experts.

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Parrot Security OS review by Mike B.
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"Solid as a pentest OS or a daily driver"

What do you like best?

Most of the tools from Kali, but on a much more stable base and with more current versions of kernel non-pentest software. Also, snapd is installed by default, giving you access to software from the Snap Store.

Like Kali, chances are extremely high that your networking hardware will work out of the box (critical for wireless on a MacBook).

Polished look and feel, easy install process, btrfs by default.

What do you dislike?

Not much. The fact that it's Debian- rather than Ubuntu-based means that adding PPAs is a little more difficult (use sparingly - while not nearly as brittle as Kali, using Ubuntu repos on Debian can still potentially cause problems), in that you have to manually add them rather than a simple "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:whatever/whatever".

Limited Mate desktop experience compared to Ubuntu Mate, but even the Mutiny look and feel can be replicated with a little work.

Being Debian-based also means that lxd isn't available in the repositories, but you can install it as a snap. Nodesource and Docker repos (faking another distro's version name) and keys must be added manually.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pentesting (obviously), as well as development and virtualization/containers. Performs better than most other distros, even with a ton of software installed.

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Parrot Security OS review by Administrator
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"Very Good Security OS"

What do you like best?

I like that it has already all the security software pre-installed and that it is configured to start safely. You pretty much don't have to set up anything.

What do you dislike?

It is definitely not user-friendly for those who don't already know how to use Linux. Also, it is extremely safe which implies that some convenience features are not working.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Know your Linux skills first

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A safe system with ok performances. I was using Zorin before which is very convenient but a bit less safe.

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Parrot Security OS review by User in Research
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"Testing Made Easier"

What do you like best?

It worked with my oldest to newest hardware, and even had drivers for everything.

What do you dislike?

I like it all. I can't say anything bad. Even in a VM, it's amazing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For almost any kind of network security testing, this is it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a tool, it lets me easily demonstrate weaknesses in local network admin. It has potentially saved thousands.

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