This is not a battle between Manjaro or Parrot. I am supper happy with Manjaro!
But I need the privacy/anonymizing tools Parrot has.
I am doing my best to adhere to manjaro’s official repos for extra security but i will have to use other sources such as flatpak, AUR, to be able to install the privacy apps parrot has.
I narrowed down (manjaro or parrot) for the long run, as my main OS. And i will keep it this way!
My main focus is Front End Web Development; and the rest is regular usage.
Manjaro fits the bill; as its advised exactly for this purpose.
Will Parrot handle Front End Web Development?
I also want to start doing vulnerability testing for my own websites, and use crypto coins etc; and i worry it will be hard to accomplish this with manjaro?
Parrot is recommended for developers. I’d say security pen testing developers who test vulnerabilities in websites, etc, right?
I can use parrot in virtualbox; but will anonymity be the same or it picks info from manjaro as host OS that can compromise it?
I prefer to have a native OS for all my needs, but I’m open for other ways as long as it does not complicate too much.
As many of you are more experienced in Linux than I am, your insight would be really appreciated.
Otherwise, you’re just tying yourself into knots trying to duct-tape a very, very convoluted setup for a very specific and narrow use-case. Like @Nachlese mentioned, it sounds like you’re trying to scale a mountain that you could instead simply walk around to reach your destination.
And remember - Tor is not for entertaiment traffic and youtube watching - it is a tool for disguising traffic between endpoints - exit nodes can always monitor traffic - CIA, FBI, NSA, Europol or what not may be running your exit node.
Then make some decisions - do your own testing - do your own research - learn by doing - instead of asking thousands of questions which - at the end of the day - is considered abuse of the members time - so please …
Theoretically, any software able to run on a Linux distribution can run on any other Linux distribution. Yet, that doesn’t mean that any software directly available on a Linux distribution is also to any other Linux distribution.
Each distribution is based on its own philosophy, providing more focus on specific aspects, and is implemented accordingly. This is why there are hundreds of Linux distributions out there.
About availability, there are several parts in this.
The recommended way to install software in any Linux distribution is to use its package manager.
(Almost) each distribution manages its own repositories, thus selecting its own set of packages to make available to its users.
Some package formats have widely used standard (DEB, RPM), and quite often developers make their software available in those formats. Arch and Manjaro aren’t among those.
Many (if not most) software used in Linux are FOSS. Then, if a package is not available in the distribution’s format, it may still be made available by compiling from the source.
In your case, since some of the software you seek to use in Manjaro aren’t (already) available in the repositories, you may still be able to use them by personally managing on your system, if the developers provide a format-free binary or the source.
But you find that to much of a hassle, them you should rather use a distribution that have them directly available.
Thanks a lot for your detailed explanation! It was eye opening and contradictory to what i was told.
If i can install the apps i want in manjaro i prefer the extra sweat, and learning curve! I prefer manjaro to be my main OS.
I’ve already spent days tweaking it…
Otherwise i might as well go for Gentoo for the next years, as its one of the the most customizable distros. Right before Genode, or linux from scratch.