Linux Distributions

Athena OS – Linux distribution designed for penetration testing

Athena OS is an Arch-based and Nix-based distribution intended to build a new concept of pentesting operating system. Its purpose is to offer a different experience than the most used pentesting distributions by providing reproducibility, flexibility, isolation, and only those tools that fit with the user needs and improving the access to hacking resources and learning materials.

Athena OS provides pentesting tools classified by Cyber Roles. Each role consists of a Cyber Security domain where the several tools are distributed on. These tools are continuously maintained in order to improve the efficiency of their usage and kept updated for getting a cleaned and secured environment.

The distro takes a minimalist approach, as well as allowing deep customization of system configurations, enabling pentesters to tailor the environment to specific testing requirements.


Working state:Active
Init Software:systemd
Package Management:Pacman
Release Model:Rolling
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

A distro provides the user with a desktop environment, preloaded applications, and ways to update and maintain the system.

Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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