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Topic: ParrotOS VS. Kali Linux

Meeting Notes

Intro and News

  • Presenter: Eduardo Robles
  • Kali Linux 2019.3 release
  • Microsoft Teams available for Linux


According the ParrotOS website:

Parrot is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Testing and designed with Security, Development and Privacy in mind.

It includes a full portable laboratory for security and digital forensics experts, but it also includes all you need to develop your own software or protect your privacy while surfing the net.


See downloads Comparision Page: https://parrotlinux.org/download.php

  • Home Edition

Targeted at users who like the look of ParrotOS and chose to use it as daily OS. Plus all the security/forensics tools can be easily added.

  • Security Edition

Targeted at users who want a full suite of security/forensic tools all in one place.

  • Docker + Netinstall

Designed to run on machines with an ARM chip, like a raspberry pi.

Security features

  • Firejail

Run applications in their own confined environments. This help protect against data breach or exploits.

Kali Linux

According to the Kali Linux website:

Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security, a provider of world-class information security training and penetration testing services. In addition to Kali Linux, Offensive Security also maintains the Exploit Database and the free online course, Metasploit Unleashed.


See downlaods page: https://www.kali.org/downloas

  • Kali Linux

64Bit and 32Bit images of Kali Linux. This comes in various versions, for example a Light version with only the base Kali install. Or Kali with various other desktop environments like KDE or Mate.

  • Arm Version

This the version of Kali Linux that runs on Arm devices. So devices like the raspberry Pi can Kali with this version.

  • Virtual Machine images

Images of for VirtualBox or VMware are provided for download also. This is for if you want to run Kali on a specific VM environment.

  • Nethunter

Nethunter is a specialized version of Kali Linux intended to run in Android devices. You can have Kali Linux with you on the go.

Training and Community

The community around Kali Linux is huge and well established. Plus the makers of Kali Linux provide specialized traning. You can learn all about Kali and other topics such as penetration testing, OSNIT, etc.

Final thoughts


I think Parrot OS is fine distrobution that has a lot of promise. But I don’t think it compares to Kali Linux in size of community or good quality documentation. But I think if Parrot OS keeps on the pace it’s going that will change in a few years.

Kali Linux

Kali Linux is one of kind type of Linux distrobution. It is synonymous with “hacking”. You see it in TV shows, movies, and most experts have either a VM installed or a dedicated device running Kali. On top of that Kali provides great documentation and training.


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