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Athena OS

Last Update: 2024-03-15 05:33 UTC

Athena OS is an Arch-derived Linux distribution designed for penetration testing, bug-bounty hunting and InfoSec students. The distribution provides a way to connect directly to some of the e-learning hacking resources, such as Hack The Box, Offensive Security, PWNX and InfoSec certifications, and it provides integration with the Hack The Box hacking platform and connections to InfoSec communities. Athena OS also introduces InfoSec roles (e.g. penetration tester or open-source intelligence specialist) based on user preferences, so the user's system is populated with relevant tools only.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 74 (139), 6 months: 92 (121), 3 months: 107 (101), 4 weeks: 106 (101), 1 week: 95 (98)

Average visitor rating: 8/10 from 6 review(s).

Athena OS Summary
Distribution Athena OS
Home Page https://athenaos.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums Discord
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://github.com/Athena-OS/athena-iso/wiki
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://sourceforge.net/projects/athena-iso/files/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/Athena-OS/athena-iso/issues
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 • 2023-02-20: Distribution Release: Athena OS 2023.02.20
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Feature 23.11 2023.06.23
Release Date 2024-03-14 2023-06-23
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1800-1900 2500-2600
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce GNOME
Package Management Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual   Yes
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 23.11 2023.06.23
Package 23.11 2023.06.23
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.11 1.2.9
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.1
bind (9.18.27) -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.114) -- --
cups (2.4.10) -- --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- --
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.47.0
firefox (127.0.1) 115.8.0 102.5.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.0
gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.1 13.1.1
gimp (2.10.38) -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.39 2.37
gnome-shell (46.2) -- 44.2
gnucash (5.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- --
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) 4.12.5 4.10.4
httpd (2.4.59) -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- --
kmod (32) 32 30
krita (5.2.3) -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- --
linux (6.9.6) 6.6.21 6.3.4
Package 23.11 2023.06.23
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- --
mesa (24.1.2) 24.0.2 23.1.2
mysql (8.4.0) -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- 44.2.1
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (22) -- 20.0.1
openssh (9.7p1) 9.7p1 9.3p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.2.1 3.1.1
perl (5.40.0) 5.38.2 5.36.1
php (8.3.8) -- --
plasma-desktop (6.1.0) -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.11.8 3.11.3
qt (6.7.2) 6.6.2 6.5.1
samba (4.20.2) -- 4.18.3
systemd (256.1) 255.4 253.5
thunderbird (127.0) -- --
vim (9.1) -- 9.0
vlc (3.0.21) -- --
wayland (1.23.0) 1.22.0 1.22.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.11 21.1.8

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Version: 2023.06.23
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-06-24
Votes: 1

I have been more than a little curious about infosec and sometimes look into distros like Kali or Tails. Athena is in a completely different league. The level of polish and sophistication is not found elsewhere. I found it very easy to install and select a role. After poking about a bit I started to wish they would make a daily-driver edition. So many small details have just been taken care of - Athena is a well-finished piece of art. I am planning to pop this on my next piece of spare hardware and to delve further that the few days I had. A big positive that I quickly did find was actually having a starting point. Other pen-test infosec distros just go, "here are the tools, good luck.", assuming one already knows everything.

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Version: 2023.06.01
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-06-06
Votes: 1

It's simply rubbish, full of bugs. I tried to install it to several different machines including also VirtualBox-machines, but it's not only very slow due to massive downloads (although the ISO-image is around 2.5 GB!), but installation with Calamares always ended up with an error message concerning the packet manager. Partitioning is also an issue. You have to use GParted, because otherwise Calamares won't be able to create a usable partition table. It's a nice distro for people who have too much time and who don't know how to use their time. But for those who don't want to play games like bug-hunting, it's a waste of time. Avoid!

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Version: 2023.02.20
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-03-30
Votes: 1

Have tried several different security focused distros, and I'm still in the learning phase. The amount of resources available to those learning with Athena OS is awesome, love the integrations they've included with the OS, and the custom theming is nice too.

I really enjoy the roles functionality they've included as well. Installing the apps/packages that are needed for a specific role automatically is such a helpful feature.

The team I've interacted with on Discord is nothing short of extremely friendly, and more than happy and willing to help resolve any issues someone might run into!

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