Parrot 4.11 says goodbye to Python 2 support, arrives with Kernel 5.10 and more

The new version of Parrot 4.11 has just been released which is already available for download and in this new version a large number of updates have been included with which the developers considered this new release suitable.

For those who are unaware of the distribution, they should know that this is based on Debian Testing and includes a collection of tools for system security verification, forensic analysis and reverse engineering.

The Parrot distribution positions itself as a portable laboratory with an environment for security experts and forensic scientists, with a focus on tools to verify cloud systems and IoT devices. It also includes cryptographic tools and secure network access software, including TOR, I2P, anonsurf, gpg, tccf, zulucrypt, veracrypt, truecrypt, and luks.

Main new features of Parrot 4.11

In this new version the developers report that it has synchronized with the latest Debian Testing package database, since the current state of freezing of the system has come to benefit from features in this new version.

Debian is in a "feature freeze" state to prepare for the new stable release. Parrot 4.11 will benefit from this, and all updates from now on will be subject to further testing.

We will take the opportunity of a new version of Debian to convert the current branch into a Long Term Support branch with fewer updates for a very reliable user experience. The long-term support conversion plan will also reintroduce ARM support and freedom of startup.

As to kernel, this has been updated to version 5.10 (version 5.7 was used in the previous version), this will only be the version that is included in the system image, even though the developers report that in a matter of no time they will release version 5.11 as an update.

Another change that stands out in the new version is that cleaning of outdated tools was carried out, which do not workIn addition, the composition of the meta-packages intended to install thematic sets of packages at the same time has been revised.

Regarding the system packages, we can find that desktop environments were updated (KDE Plasma and Xfce), as well as specialized tools like Metasploit 6.0.36, Bettercap 2.29 and Routersploit 3.9.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Added support for Fish and Zsh shells.
  • Updated development environment VSCodium 1.54 (VSCode version without telemetry collection).
  • Added systemd rules to disable startup services that you can do without.
  • Updated versions of Python 3.9, Go 1.15, GCC 10.2.1.
  • Python 2 support removed

Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details in the original note, the link is this.

Download and try Parrot OS 4.11

For those who are interested in being able to download this new version of the distribution can go directly to the website official of the project in which in its download section you can find the image of the system.

The link is this.

You can save the image with the help of Etcher on a USB.

On the other hand yeah you already have a version of Parrot OS give branch 4.x, you can perform an update of your system without having to reinstall it again on your team.

To do this you simply have to open a terminal and in it execute the following commands:

sudo parrot-upgrade

Or you can use these:

sudo apt update

sudo apt full-upgrade

This process will take a little time since you have to download all the packages first and then update them. So you can take a moment to relax.

At the end of the process, you just have to restart your computer so that all the changes are saved and you can start your system with all the updated packages and the new Linux Kernel of this version of Parrot OS 4.11.

To verify that you already have the new kernel, just type in the terminal:

uname -r

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