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nUbuntu - Formula One
Developer Brendan Almonte, Emanuele Gentili, Jayson Beitler
OS family Unix-like
Working state Discontinued
Source model Open source
Latest release 8.12 / December 16, 2008 (2008-12-16)
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface Fluxbox
License Mainly GNU / Various
Official website

nUbuntu or Network Ubuntu was a project to take the existing Ubuntu operating system LiveCD and Full Installer and remaster it with tools needed for penetration testing servers and networks. The main idea is to keep Ubuntu's ease of use and mix it with popular penetration testing tools. Besides usage for network and server testing, nUbuntu will be made to be a desktop distribution for advanced Linux users.[citation needed]


nUbuntu uses the light window manager Fluxbox.

It includes some of the most used security programs for Linux, such as Wireshark, nmap, dSniff, and Ettercap.


  • 2005-12-18 - nUbuntu Project is born, developers release Testing 1
  • 2006-01-16 - nUbuntu Live developers release Stable 1
  • 2006-06-26 - nUbuntu Live developers release version 6.06
  • 2006-10-16 - nUbuntu featured in Hacker Japan, a Japanese Hacker Magazine
  • 2006-11-21 - nUbuntu Live developers release version 6.10
  • 2007-12-31 - nUbuntu developer Tom Bell retires from project, Brendan Almonte takes over[citation needed]
  • 2008-11-12 - Gerix IT Security Solutions becomes a nUbuntu Technical Partner[citation needed]

As of April 4, 2010, the official website is closed with no explanation.


Below is a list of previous and current releases.

Version Release date Release name
Stable 1 2006-01-16 nUbuntu Live
Stable 2006-06-26 6.06
Stable 2006-11-21 6.10
Alpha 2008-07-16 8.04
Alpha 2008-10-30 8.10
Beta 2008-12-17 8.12 Instigating Insecurity

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