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# Parrot 4.6 development notes
We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.6, an important Parrot OS update that came out after 3 months of heavy development.
We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.6, after 3 months of heavy development. This has been an especially big three months for us as Parrot 4.6 is also our first release completely served by our network without SaaS services like cloudflare. Everything is on our infrastructure.
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## Improved drivers support
Parrot 4.6 includes the Linux 4.19 kernel which contains several security patches,
performance improvements and a better hardware support.
Moreover Parrot 4.6 features important updates for broadcom and other wireless chipset manufacturers,
and the Nvidia drivers were updated to the latest 410 version with better Quadro support.
[Debian Kernel Changelog](https://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs//main/l/linux-signed-arm64/linux-signed-arm64_4.19.28+2_changelog) - [Linux changelog](https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.19)
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## Anonsurf has OpenNIC support
Anonsurf now integrates a new option to change from the system DNS servers to OpenNIC DNS resolvers.
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# Minor updates
## Better snap support
Now when you install from snap it will show up in the applications menu by default
Now when you install from snap it will show up in the applications menu by default.
## AppArmor and Firejail profiles have been updated
We are constantly trying to rebuild the sandbox :) We love firejail and AppArmor and we
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Parrot OS are now more stable and reliable than before, and we are pushing forward with
plans to not only add more profiles but utilize firejails capabilites to it's fullest
with our custom profiles development and testing.
plans to not only add more profiles but utilize firejail's capabilites to their fullest.
## Better OpenVPN support
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available VPN plugins by default, allowing that experience to be just that.
## Miscellaneous
The MATE desktop environment received some minor stability updates, and Firefox 65 is now included.
# New additions
## Matrix and Riot.IM
We love federated instant messaging protocols! We love [XMPP](https://xmpp.org/about/) and [Matrix](https://matrix.org/blog/index) for what they bring to the table.
Though we like [Dino](https://dino.im/) we realized we wanted something that was sexy, lightweight
and worked with XMPP and MTProto. Using Matrix does all of this and more through bridges.
[Revolt](https://github.com/aperezdc/revolt) is a [Riot.IM](https://about.riot.im/) desktop integration written mostly in Python, and shell fits our needs perfectly. (Riot.IM is a chat client built on the Matrix protocol.)
[Revolt](https://github.com/aperezdc/revolt) is a [Riot.IM](https://about.riot.im/) desktop integration written mostly in Python, and shell fits our needs perfectly.
There are several Matrix clients to pick from and we're still testing. But as we work to move our community torward XMPP and Matrix we think it makes sense to have Revolt, you never know when skynet will be activated :)
(Riot.IM is a chat client built on the Matrix protocol.)
## Improved drivers support
There are several Matrix clients to pick from and we're still testing. But as we work to
Parrot 4.6 includes the Linux 4.19 kernel which contains several security patches, performance improvements and a better hardware support.
move our community torward XMPP and Matrix we think it makes sense to have Revolt, you
Moreover Parrot 4.6 features important updates for broadcom and other wireless chipset manufacturers,
never know when skynet will be activated :)
and the Nvidia drivers were updated to the latest 410 version with better Quadro support.
[Debian Kernel Changelog](https://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs//main/l/linux-signed-arm64/linux-signed-arm64_4.19.28+2_changelog) - [Linux changelog](https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.19)
## reverse engineering news
While we evaluate the inclusion of NSA's Ghidra, we decided to include [Cutter](https://github.com/radareorg/cutter), a powerful GUI to radare2, which is one of the most powerful reverse engineering frameworks out there.
## Reverse Engineering
While we evaluate the inclusion of NSA's Ghidra, we decided to include [Cutter](https://github.com/radareorg/cutter), the powerful GUI to radare2, which is one of the most powerful reverse engineering frameworks out there.
Cutter makes it easier to work with the radare2 framework and pushes Parrot's reverse engineering capabilities to a new level.
## Tool updates
Many tools received important updates since the release of the previous Parrot version. From airgeddon to metasploit up to the latest bettercap version, all the tools are now up to date to their latest versions compatible with Parrot.
Many tools received important updates since the release of Parrot 4.5. From airgeddon to metasploit up to the latest bettercap version. All the tools are now up to date with their latest versions.
## development support improved
## Developer Support
Since the introduction of the parrot-devel metapackage family, we worked hard to improve the overall development experience on Parrot.
Since the introduction of the `parrot-devel` metapackage family, we worked hard to improve the overall development experience in Parrot.
Important news in the development sections include the latest gcc and clang versions, an important security update for java (openjdk), a big jump from nodejs 8.11 to the latest 10.15 version and the inclusion of dbeaver as the default database manager.
In that regard we have awesome news! The devel metapackage now includes the latest gcc
Metapackages were improved to be more lightweight by default, and the mono runtime and development tools were moved to parrot-devel-extra and are no longer pre-installed.
and clang versions, an important security update for java (openjdk), and a big jump from
We are also proud to host the new [VSCodium website](https://www.vscodium.com) on our servers. Our team does not have enough time or experience to contribute to this awesome editor, and offering them a website was our way to give our little contribution to this free and opensource binary distribution of the VSCode editor.
nodejs 8.11 to the latest 10.15 version. And finally the inclusion of dbeaver as the default database manager.
Metapackages were improved to be more modular and lightweight by default. The mono
## other system updates
runtime and development tools were moved to `parrot-devel-extra` and are no longer pre-installed.
The MATE desktop environment received some minor stability updates, and Firefox 65 was included.
We are also proud to host the new [VSCodium website](https://www.vscodium.com) on our servers.
Our team does not have enough time or experience at the moment to contribute to this awesome editor.
Offering them a website is our way of contributing to this free and opensource binary distribution of the VSCode editor.
## The Road ahead
Write a brief summary of how things have changed within the Project (all
the people we added and how much things will change)
Then write up our roadmap to include:
The hardening we intend to do
The Parrot Project has gone through some considerably large evolutions. We've added over 20 new members, redesigned our internal structures and processes, upgraded our server infrastructure and deployed our own CDN. As we look at where we want to go we realize that we need to automate things more as well as harden ParrotOS from boot to browsing.
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