Kali Linux alternate Parrot OS 4.8 beta releases

It’s been a long delay since the release of Parrot OS 4.7 and all ethical hackers and pentester are eagerly waiting for the latest updates and new features for the upcoming Parrot OS 4.8.

So, recently, during a community discussion, Irene Pirrotta, Parrot OS Core Developer, released the new beta4 version of Parrot OS 4.8. The beta test includes various restructuring of projects and component changes.

What’s New in v4.8-beta?

Parrot OS redesigns the entire infrastructure and shifts to new GitLab instance and docker-compose to automate and set up the new applications effectively.

Apart from the reorganization of projects, Parrot OS pulls out some pre-installed packages such as KeePass X, Shotwell, Rhythmbox and Vinagre. However, you can still install them separately.

Removal of packages leads to a decrease in the home edition ISO size from 2GB to 1.6GB and security edition from 4.1GB to 3.9GB.

Another crucial change that Parrot OS 4.8 brings along is the removal of a separate /boot partition. Now you don’t need to create a boot folder to access some restricted or encrypted partition as grub2 supports full btrfs file system with zstd compression.

If you want to test the beta release, you can download the beta ISO from here.