BugGyaan #11: A visit to a Bistro filled with Distros

BugBase : Linux Distros

Kali Linux

Kali Linux maintained and funded by Offensive Security Ltd. is first in our list. Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. Kali is one of the best and optimised operating systems of hackers.

  1. Advanced Penetration Testing tools: In Kali Linux, more than 500+ advanced Penetration Testing tools are included. The tools of BackTrack Linux which are not up to the mark or repeated in many ways has been replaced in the Kali Linux system with advanced Penetration testing tools.
  2. Free Linux tools: The Kali Linux system is totally free like the BackTrack Linux and will always offer its users free lifetime services. This is a huge plus factor that forces people to use this system.
  3. Support: Kali address to the File-system Hierarchy Standard, allowing Linux users to easily locate binaries, support files, libraries, etc. This is the very important feature of the Kali Linux that makes it stand out among the other Linux systems.
  1. KALI is not as easy to use, because it’s penetration oriented, and it doesn’t spoon-feed either.
  2. KALI is not exactly the most search (as in research), and training oriented Linux. You need to find and see Wiki sources
  3. In the process of using KALI for NORMAL, you may Trash some of KALI’s specialized settings for its own security.

Parrot OS

  1. Secure — It is always updated, frequently released and fully sandboxed! Everything is under our complete control.
  2. Free — It is free and open-source, we can view source code and customize it as per our requirements.
  3. Lightweight — This Operating system has proven to be extremely lightweight and run surprisingly fast even on very old hardware or with very limited resources.
  1. it’s not as beginner-friendly as Kali Linux and it doesn’t come with as many tools.
  2. Parrot OS is more of a use case-specific distribution where you’re looking for something more lightweight than Kali Linux.
  3. Not minimalistic out of the box, although that can be changed with a few GUI tweaks


  1. BackBox Linux ships with over 70 powerful programs such as Wireshark, Metasploit/Armitage, and Crunch, among others.
  2. Desktop Environment uses XFCE which is lighter than other desktop environments such as GNOME, MATE, and UNITY.
  3. BackBox’s Launchpad repository core is especially compelling, as it constantly updates to the latest stable versions of major pentesting/ethical hacking tools.
  4. BackBox is based on Ubuntu and Debian Linux distros, respectively; additional extensibility can be easily built-in at the operator’s discretion.
  1. Documentation of issues occurring in BackBox is lacklustre compared to Kali and Parrot OS
  2. The desktop permissions are in the user. Any user who wants to install, open, and edit desktop apps must use root access first.
  3. Steep learning curve

Conclusion :

I hope you got a clear idea about the various distros and how they stack up against each other. I discussed pretty much everything about both the operating systems in a detailed manner. But selecting an operating system is based on your taste and choice, if you have a low specification system I would highly recommend going with Parrot Sec OS on BackBox. other than that go with Kali as it is one of the most beginner-friendly platforms for hackers.



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