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Ostinato Live

Published by Srivats P.
Based on openSUSE Leap 42.1 64-bit x86
Homepage at

Ostinato Live converts any PC to a dedicated network packet traffic generator. It runs the open source cross platform packet traffic generator – Ostinato.

Ostinato is a network packet and traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be “Wireshark in Reverse” and thus become complementary to Wireshark. It features custom packet crafting with editing of any field for several protocols: Ethernet, 802.3, LLC SNAP, VLAN (with Q-in-Q), ARP, IPv4, IPv6, IP-in-IP a.k.a IP Tunneling, TCP, UDP, ICMP, IGMP, MLD, HTTP, SIP, RTSP, NNTP, etc. It is useful for both functional and performance testing.

NOTE: While running the image, if auto-login doesn’t work and you are prompted for a login/password, use -
username: tux
password: linux


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USB Stick / Hard Disk Image

Dump this format on your USB stick or hard disk and boot from it. You may need to instruct the machine’s BIOS to boot from an external source if you’re usign a USB stick. Write the disk image using either `dd` or image writing software on your OS.

Live CD / DVD (.iso)

Use this format if you want to burn your appliance on CD or DVD. This is the easiest way to prepare bootable media. Simply download the .iso file and burn it to disk via any existing OS.

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VMware Workstation / VirtualBox (.vmdk)

For virtual machines on VMware, VirtualBox, or KVM-based hypervisors. Test an appliance without formatting any hard disk. VirtualBox and VMware applications are available for most host operating systems. KVM virtualization is for Linux only.

OVF Virtual Machine / ESXi (.ovf)

Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is an open, standards-based format for virtual machines. A variety of hypervisors including SUSE Cloud, VirtualBox, VMware ESX(i), IBM SmartCloud, and Oracle VM support creating virtual machines by importing an .ovf file.

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SUSE Cloud / OpenStack / KVM (.qcow2)

If you plan to use SUSE Cloud services to host your server, this format will properly configure the appliance for you to do so. Use WebHooks to inform your cloud of a new image, and upload it automatically.

Release notes

This release adds IPv4/IPv6 device emulation and automatic ARP/NDP resolution for corresponding streams, save/restore sessions, protocol builder for STP and several other features and bugfixes.

See the Changelog on for full details


38 dependencies removed
363 dependencies updated
90 new dependencies
2 new repositories
1 new software selection
3 repositories removed
1 software selection removed
Build configuration updated


Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: Asia/Kolkata
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: disabled
Firewall: disabled


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Security summary


Everyone's comments

Srivats P.Srivats P.,

@Postscript: I built the appliance successfully with 12.3, but can’t seem to make auto-login work (it used to work earlier). I’ve gone ahead and published the images anyway. Use the username/passwd given above in the description.


Thanks Srivats :) That will help

Srivats P.Srivats P.,

@Postscript: I’ll rebuild the appliance with 12.3, fix the problems and then publish it again shortly. Stay tuned.


Hi Srivats. Did you manage to rebuild the appliance for 12.3 ? It’s fine if you can republish the older one too.


I haven’t used Ostinato or Suse studio before.
With OpenSUSE 12.3 I get the error – failed to execute ‘/usr/bin/sg_inq’ ’/usr/bin/sg_inq -p di —export ’: No such file or directory.

Is there a checklist that I can use quickly to add all the necessary packages and do my build ?

Carlos GrayCarlos Gray,

Why is wireshark missing from the latest images (0.5.01 and above)

Srivats P.Srivats P.,

Thanks for reporting the problem. Wireshark was missed out by mistake. I’ve fixed it and republished the 0.5.1 images. Please verify.

Dave BishopDave Bishop,

Nice good work. Ostinato rocks

Chris PreimesbergerChris Preimesberger,

How do I start Ostinato from the live USB?

I “burned” the raw image to a 4GB USB drive with dd, and successfully booted to the empty stripy green desktop. But then what? Open terminal and type something? I thought something was missing from my install, so I checked Testdrive and it looks the same… What’s my next move?


Srivats P.Srivats P.,

Ostinato is supposed to open automatically. If it doesn’t, open a terminal and run ostinato. Let me know how it goes

Srivats P.Srivats P.,

@chris: There was a packaging error that was causing the wrong window manager to be executed and hence Ostinato was not started automatically on bootup. I have fixed the packaging problem – please try with 0.5.01 image

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