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Top 10 Things to Do After Installing Parrot Security Linux

Parrot Security, by default, probably doesn’t have everything for your workflow. You just have to customize the Parrot you want. With the following few tips, tricks, and applications, you can quickly customize your system.

  1. Add Official Repositories
  2. Update and Upgrade
  3. Change Root Password
  4. Disable Update Notification
  5. Terminator
  6. Gedit (Text Editor)
  7. Git (GitHub Package Installer)
  8. LeafPad
  9. Atom (A Hackable Text Editor)
  10. Wine


1) Add official Repositories

What is Repositories ?

Repository –  “A place where things or packages are stored”.

In Kali Linux there is no inbuilt repositories are present. But in Parrot Security, it have inbuilt repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/parrot.list. Its enough one for ordinary uses. But the downloading speed in Terminal is too slow. So am going to add official mirror repositories for my convenient.

Before adding the mirror repositories, first of all disable the default one. Run the following command for opening sources.list.d

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/parrot.list

Here add # in front of the repositories and save it.

Ctrl+O for saving. Ctrl+X for exit.

Manual Configuration:

In Parrot Security’s official website, Choose the mirror list which is near to your location. Because it helps to improve the packages downloading speed.

I choose Singapore, because its near to my country. Copy the code and add it to your source list.

How to add repositories to Source list?

  • You want to add the repositories to the source list.
  • Open a terminal and type the following command.
mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Paste the copied repository and save it.
  • Ctrl+O for saving. Ctrl+X for exit.

2) Update your system

After adding repositories to the source list, update your system.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get update
mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3) Change Root Password

In Linux, the root account is a special user account used for system administration. Only in root account you was able to make changes in default system packages. In Parrot Linux, the root account have default user name and password.

The default root password is,

Username: user
Password: toor

But this does not work for everyone. So manually change the root password which you like. In user account open a terminal and run the following command for changing the root password.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo passwd root
new password:
retype new password:
passwd updated successfully.

4) Disable Update Notification

In parrot Linux, if you turn on the system, with in a second suddenly your display was surrounded by the update notification. It’s annoying one, because it happens every time when you on your system. So follow the steps shown in the video for disabling notification.


5) Terminator

Terminator is an open-source terminal emulator programmed in Java. If you want to run multiple commands in a same time, then terminator helps you.

Installation:

Installing Terminator is pretty simple. In terminal run the following  apt command for installing it.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get install terminator

6) Gedit

Gedit is the default text editor of the GNOME desktop environment and part of the GNOME Core Applications. Designed as a general-purpose text editor.

Installation:

Installing gedit is pretty simple. In terminal run the following  apt command for installing it.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get install gedit

7) Git

What is Git?

Git is software for tracking changes in any set of files, usually used for coordinating work among programmers collaboratively developing source code during software development.

Installation:

Installing Git is pretty simple. In terminal run the following  apt command for installing it.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get install git

 


8) LeafPad

Leafpad is an open source text editor for Linux, BSD, and Maemo. Created with the focus of being a lightweight text editor with minimal dependencies, it is designed to be simple and easy-to-compile.

Installation:

Installing leafpad is pretty simple. In terminal run the following command for downloading it.

mk007@linuxlia:~#  sudo apt-get install leafpad

9) Atom (A hackable text editor for the 21st Century)

Atom is a free and open-source text and source code editor for macOS, Linux, and Microsoft Windows with support for plug-ins written in JavaScript, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. Atom is a desktop application built using web technologies.

Installation:

Download atom debian packages in Atom’s official site.

Now open a terminal and switch the directory to where was the file located.

mk007@linuxlia:$ cd Downloads

Here run the below command.

mk007@linuxlia:$ sudo dpkg -i atom-amd64.deb

Next run the command for executing atom.

mk007@linuxlia:$ atom

10)Wine:

Wine is a Windows emulator for Linux. Via wine you can able to run Windows applications in Linux.

Wine supported Windows Applications and Games:

Visit Wines official site. Here Wine supported apps and games are listed here.

Install wine:

Steps:

  • Enable 32 bit packages.
  • Download Repository key
  • Add Wine repos to source list
  • Update your System
  • Download Wine Packages
  • Run Wine

Enable 32 bit packages (if you haven’t already):

Open a terminal and run the following commands for enabling 32 bit packages.

mk007@linuxlia:~# sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Download Repository Key:

Now download and install the repository key in your system.

mk007@linuxlia:~# sudo wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
mk007@linuxlia:~# sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Add wine repos to source list:

Add the official wine repository to your source list for accessing it’s packages.

Brief blog about Repositories.

In run the following command for opening source list.

mk007@linuxlia:~# sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Here add the following  wine repositories and save the list.

deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/debian/ buster main
deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/debian/ bullseye main

Press Ctrl+O and hit enter for saving the file.

Press Ctrl+X for exit.

Update your System:

Now run the update command for downloading the official wine packages.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt-get update

Install Wine Packages:

Finally your system is compatible to download the wine.

Open a terminal and run the following apt command for installing wine on your system.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Alright, now the wine was successfully installed.

Run wine:

Its the time to run lagy windows software in Linux.

Open the terminal and switch the directory to where was that software located and run the command in following format.

mk007@linuxlia:~$ sudo wine 'Software Name' 

Now Software was started to execute,

Finally your system is ready to run Windows applications and games.


Conclusion:

Hope this complete beginner’s guide is useful to you. If you have any doubts about this post please leave a comment otherwise ping me in Instagram. Am ready to solve your doubts.

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