Operator v3.3.20 – Linux Security Distro

Gateway to the Information

Operator is a complete Linux (Debian) security distribution that runs from a single bootable CD and runs entirely in RAM. The Operator, authored by Jeffrey “J” Barber,  contains an extensive set of Open Source network security tools that can be used for monitoring and discovering  networks. This virtually can turn any PC into a network security pen-testing device without having to install any software. Operator also contains a set of computer forensic and data recovery tools that can be used to assist you in data retrieval on the local system.

The technique to allow Operator to boot and run from RAM is based on a project called KNOPPIX. KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Mastering of this CD uses on-the-fly decompression which allows for up to 2 GB of stored data.

Starting with the 3.3 version of Operator, we have started completely from scratch by installing a basic Debian installation then adding the KNOPPIX functionality afterwards. This allowed us to have more control and understanding of what is on the CD.

To download the latest version? Click here, Operator ISO Image

Size: 617070592 MD5: 74b08dab680b00ddec19070d2f8e9d00


The Knoppix is here.

Featured software on the Operator 3.3 CD?

    • Debian based Linux Installation
    • Linux-Kernel 2.4.31
    • KDE V3.3.2-1
    • wine Windows Emulator (Binary Emulator)
    • Konqueror  and Mozilla Firebird Web Browsers
    • Koffice which includes korganizer, kword, kspread and more
    • X Multimedia System (xmms) an MPEG-video, MP3
    • Internet connection software kppp,pppoeconf (DSL)
    • utilities for data recovery and system repairs, even for other operating systems
    • network and security analysis tools for network administrators
    • many programming languages, development tools
    • in total more than 900 installed software packages with over 2000 executable user programs and utilities
    • 100+ Unix/Windows  Exploits and Tools ready to run


What are the
minimum system requirements?

  • Intel-compatible CPU (i486 or later),
  • 20 MB of RAM for text mode, at least 96 MB for graphics mode with KDE (at least 128 MB of RAM is recommended to use the various office products),
  • bootable CD-ROM drive, or a boot floppy and standard CD-ROM (IDE/ATAPI or SCSI),
  • standard SVGA-compatible graphics card,
  • serial or PS/2 standard mouse or IMPS/2-compatible USB-mouse.