Debathena is the technology powering the newest Athena workstations running Ubuntu Linux, as well as hundreds of Debian and Ubuntu desktops and laptops across MIT, by providing Athena workstation software via Debian packages and repositories.

On your personal computer, installing Debathena will give you easy access to the software and files in Athena AFS lockers, as well as to standard Athena commands and utilities. You can also install the set of packages for a private workstation or server with Athena accounts, or choose any set of of packages in between.

Debathena was created by SIPB, MIT's student computing group, and is now a collaboration between SIPB and IS&T, the central IT department. Since 2009, Debathena has been the standard Athena release, powering the public workstations in Athena clusters as well as IS&T's athena.dialup service.