Parrot 4.0 is now available for download. The development process of this version required a lot of time, and many important updates make this release an important milestone in the history of our project.
This release includes all the updated packages and bug fixes released since the last version (3.11), and it marks the end of the development and testing process of many new features experimented in the previous releases since Parrot 3.9.
Experimental Netinstall Images
Netinstall images are a powerful tool to install only the bare core of the system or just the software components you really need, you can even use them to install another desktop environment and to build your own system exactly as you want.
Parrot 4.0 provide netinstall images too as we would like people to use Parrot not only as a pentest distribution, but also as a framework to build their very own working environment with ease.
Docker is a powerful container technology that allows our users to quickly download a Parrot template and immediately spawn unlimited and completely isolated parrot instances on top of any host OS.
Parrot on Docker gives you access to all the Parrot containers you need on top of Windows, Mac OS, or any other system supported by docker, no matter if it is just your laptop or a whole docker cluster running on an entire datacenter. You will always have access to all the parrot tools in all the isolated environments you need.
Linux Kernel 4.16
The introduction of the new Linux 4.16 kernel is a very important step forward for the distro, as newer kernels always introduce many important new features, broader hardware support and important bugfixes.
The Parrot system is known to be secure and sandboxed thanks to its custom firejail profiles with the underlying apparmor support. Parrot 4.0 is the final result of months of testing on this field, and now the sandboxed applications are stable and reliable.
The MATE Desktop Environment was updated to its 1.20 release, with many graphic bugfixes and new features, like HiDPI support, or the ability to auto-resize windows by dragging them to the corner of the screen and divide them in new layouts.
Full list of updated packages
Want to see the full list of packages that were upgraded between 3.11 and 4.0.1?
Follow this link https://archive1.parrotsec.org/parrot/iso/4.0.1/updated-packages.txt
How to upgrade
If you have a previous version of Parrot and want to upgrade the system, follow these steps:
Open a terminal window and type the following commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt purge tomoyo-tools
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt autoremove