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Difference between Kali Linux and Parrot OS

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Kali Linux: Kali Linux is an operating system used for penetration testing and digital forensics, with Linux at its core. It is developed according to Debian (a Linux distribution) standards. It was first released in March 2013 with the aim to be the replacement of the BackTrackOS. Parrot OS: Parrot OS is similar to Kali Linux, and is an open-source Debian-based operating system. It is used for cloud pentesting, computer forensics, hacking and privacy/anonymity. It was first released in April 2013. There are some similarities in these two operating systems:
  • Both are useful for penetration testing.
  • Both are developed on Debian standards.
  • Both can support 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.
Let’s see the difference between Kali Linux and Parrot OS:
SNo. Kali Linux Parrot OS
1. It needs more RAM, about 1 GB. While it requires lesser RAM, about 320 MB.
2. In terms of GPU, it requires a graphical card, as it needs graphical acceleration. While it does not need a graphical acceleration, hence no graphic card is needed.
3. It requires about 20 GB free space for installation. While it requires about 16 GB free space for installation.
4. Its interface follows the Gnome desktop interface. While its interface is built the Ubuntu-Matte-Desktop-Environment.
5. It does not have pre-installed compilers and IDEs. While it comes pre-installed with a bunch of compilers and IDEs.
6. It has a simpler user interface. While it has a much better user interface.
7. It has heavyweight requirements and is a bit laggy. While it is very lightweight and doesn’t lag much.
8. It has all basic tools needed for hacking. While it has all the tools that are available in Kali and also adds its own tools. Ex. AnonSurf, Wifiphisher, Airgeddon.

Last Updated : 30 Jan, 2020
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