When Parrot Linux is installed on a computer, it always names that computer, parrot. That can be very confusing if you have Parrot installed on more than one computer, or you want to have a different name for the computer than the default name. During installation, Parrot does not currently allow the user to specify a specific host name during any part of the installation.

There are two ways to change the host name.  Since Parrot is Debian-based, and Debian using Systemd for startup and system processes,  Systemd commands can be used, The “new fangled way.”  You can always use the “old fashioned way,” which requires editing the /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname files.  Either method produces the same result.

The New Fangled Way

Changing the host name using Systemd commands is a two-step process.

  1. Open Root Terminal (accessible through the Menu -> System Tools).
  2. Enter hostnamectl set-hostname NAME where NAME is the new name for your computer.
  3. Close your terminal session, and your computer has been renamed without even having to reboot it.  You can check this by opening a new terminal session.  Looking at the prompt, you’ll see the new host name.

The Old-Fashioned Way

Changing the host name is very easy, but you do have to be careful that that you make sure you don’t assign a name that is currently used on the network. You will have to edit two system files: /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname.

  1. Open Root Terminal (accessible through the Menu -> System Tools).
  2. Enter the root password when prompted.
  3. On the command line, enter pluma /etc/hosts. You can use any other editor that is on your system if you do not want to use pluma.
  4. Locate the line that contains: parrot where hostname is the current name of the computer, parrot.
  5. Change host name to whatever you want. You can use letters, numbers, and dash (hyphen).
  6. Save the /etc/hosts file and exit pluma.
  7. On the command line, enter pluma /etc/hostname.
  8. Look for the line that has parrot.
  9. Change the host name to whatever you want, but it must be identical to the name you used in /etc/hosts.
  10. Save the /etc/hostname file and exit pluma.
  11. Exit Root Terminal.
  12. Once you reboot your computer, you should see the new name when you open a terminal session or browsing devices on your network.

If you have any comments or notice any error(s) in these instructions, please feel
free to contact me.


Updated 7-17-18:  Edited to add hostnamectl instructions.




Eastern Bluebirds – Home Sweet Home

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, while trying to figure out why my tractor wouldn’t start after I turned it off for a moment, I noticed a pair of birds flitting in and out and perching on top of a dead tree trunk that I was going to have removed.  I didn’t really get a chance to check the birds out until Sunday afternoon.  It turned out that the birds are a nesting pair of Eastern Bluebirds.  They have made an almostEastern bluebird at apex of tree trunk perfectly round hole about four feet up from the ground.  In addition, they have a hole in the back of the trunk at about five feet, along with a tunnel to the top of the trunk that they pop out of.  What they have created is a natural bluebird house.  How could anyone disturb that!

So, Sunday afternoon, I took my camera and plopped out on the newly mowed lawn, sitting about 40 feet from the tree trunk.  I didn’t want to disturb or scare them away.  After about 15 minutes, they became used to me just sitting there and started coming and going from their natural home.  I took a series of photos of this cute pair.   After editing the photos, I decided to create a slide show video.

The Technical Particulars…

All photos were taken during one afternoon session, from approximately 1:40 to 2:00 p.m., using a Nikon D7000; ISO 200; Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED DX lens set at 185mm and f8; 1/250 sec shutter speed.  I was approximately 40 feet (12.2 meters) from the tree trunk.  I felt that being any closer would keep them from their nesting tree.

All photo processing was done using Ubuntu Mate 18.04.  Raw photos were uploaded and processed using Raw Therapee.   The video was made using Photofilmstrip, which I installed from the Ubuntu Software Center.

I wanted to create a slide show of my bluebird photos and found Photofilmstrip, which creates videos from a set of still photos.  It worked perfectly and was easy to use.  I highly recommend it.  The audio that accompanies the slide show are actual eastern bluebird calls and songs.  I downloaded them from the Cornell University Ornithology Lab Web site.

You can check out my front yard neighbors at

To read more about Eastern bluebirds, check out the following Web sites:

Thanks for stopping by and reading.