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DistroWatch.com: Devuan GNU+Linux

Devuan GNU+Linux

Last Update: 2016-12-01 00:39 UTC

Devuan GNU+Linux is a Linux distribution forked from Debian in 2015. The project's primary goal is to provide a variant of Debian without the complexities and dependencies of systemd, an init system and services manager originally developed by Red Hat and later adopted by most other Linux distributions. Devuan's initial beta release was made available in April 2016, together with an upgrade path from Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" and a possibility to switch to Devuan from Debian 8.0 "Jessie". The distribution adopted Xfce as its default desktop.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 125 (83), 6 months: 111 (109), 3 months: 144 (75), 4 weeks: 133 (71), 1 week: 127 (65)

Average visitor rating: 8.89/10 from 9 review(s).

Devuan Summary
Distribution Devuan GNU+Linux
Home Page https://devuan.org/
Mailing Lists https://devuan.org/os/community
User Forums https://talk.devuan.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://devuan.org/os/documentation/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://files.devuan.org/
Bug Tracker https://git.devuan.org/devuan/devuan-project/issues
Related Websites Friends of DevuanWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
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 • 2016-11-30: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 Beta 2
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Feature 1.0.0-beta2
Release Date 2016-11-30
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Xfce
Package Management DEB
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice
Processor Architecture armhf, i386, x86_64
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support Yes
Full Package List 1.0.0-beta2
Package 1.0.0-beta2
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4) 4.3
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.9.5
chromium (57.0.2987.110) 53.0.2785.89
cups (2.2.2) 1.7.5
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.12
firefox (52.0.1) 45.3.0
freetype (2.7.1) 2.5.2
gcc (6.3.0) 4.9.2
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.14
glibc (2.25) 2.19
gnome-shell (3.24.0) --
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.4
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.18
grub (2.00) 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.11) 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.10
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.48.5
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.2
kmod (24) 18
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.1) 4.3.3
linux (4.10.6) 3.16.36
Package 1.0.0-beta2
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.0
mariadb (10.1.22) --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) --
mesa (17.0.2) 10.3.2
mysql (5.7.17) 5.5.50
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.14.1
NVIDIA (378.13) 340.46
openbox (3.6.1) 3.5.2
openjdk (8u121) 7u111
openssh (7.5p1) 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.1t
perl (5.24.1) 5.20.2
php (7.1.3) 5.6.24
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) 4.11.13
postfix (3.2.0) 2.11.3
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.4.9
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.9
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.6
samba (4.6.1) 4.2.10
systemd (233) --
thunderbird (45.8.0) 31.8.0
vim (8.0) 7.4
vlc (2.2.4) 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.16.4

Reader Ratings
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Version: 1.0.0-beta2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-20
Votes: 1

Hopefully 10 is the top rating. If it is the worst, please read this 10 as a 1.
Using Devuan for about one year now on a Laptop(64bit), a 32bit architecture and an amd64 architecture (all desktop systems) this distribution is my first choice. For a 'normal' user Devuan is easy to install, easy to maintain and comes with all the necessary software to manage the daily work.
On the plus side: Devuan Jessie is stable, even the testing version (named Ascii) didn't produce any headaches so far and can be utilized for productive work. The Devuan community is an active one trying to help, if problems arise but is still very small which can cause delays in responding to questions.
If you are looking for a Linux distribution which honours the important software freedoms and strives to leave the user at the helm, Devuan is the way to go.

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Version: 1.0.0-beta2
Rating: 4
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 0

Instead of of delivering on their promise to protect and preserve user choice, the devuan developers have undertaken a perverse course of action -- "eliminating" systemd -related files (.service files, etc) from existing packages drawn from jessie repository & redistributing those packages otherwise unmodified/unimproved. Several other distro releases which are based on debian jessie, including antiX 16, DebianDog64, MX Linux 16, have shown that avoiding systemd as default init while preserving users' choice is, in fact, possible.

Two years in, devuan devs still have not delivered a stable release, nor a liveboot-able iso. Their Discourse-powered forum is so javascripty(?) painfully slow that users have taken matters into their own hands, establishing a freestanding, independent, forum (dev1galaxy.org) Check the archived content from their mailinglist across the past 18mos -- you'll find lots and lots and LOTS of bikeshedding, peppered by sporadic bursts of pontification. Check their forum (careful, don't step on the crickets!)

DW hasn't provided much guidance in terms of quantifying a rating value. The '4' I have chosen represents my expectation that five or under "means" less-desirable, or less admirable, or less viable than average. I've held back, didn't slap a subjective '1' here, with due respect toward the fact that devuan has succeeded in the task of (raising awareness about preserving init choice and) building out a build and repo server infrastructure.

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Version: 1.0.0-beta2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 0

First I'd like to say that I think Devuan could be the perfect general-use desktop operating system for someone who has been around Linux for at least a couple of years, or for a noob such as a bright technically-minded 15/16-year-old or college graduate who picks things up quickly. It will not suit many newcomers from Mac or Windows because updates are made from the command line.

System: Devuan with Mate desktop on a 64-bit machine with AMD processor and only 1.7 GB of RAM.

Ease of Installation:
Very straightforward, I encountered no difficulties.

Ease of use
Very straightforward. Applications include LibreOffice, Gimp, Firefox and most applications for everyday use. New applications can be installed on the command line with:
#apt-get install package-name
I installed, for example, xshogi, gnushogi, Leafpad, sound-juicer and various video editing tools.

Ease of updates:
Easy once you get into the swing of things. Open a terminal, go root (or sudo if you take that path) and type:
#apt-get update
and then:
#apt-get dist-upgrade
Close your terminal.
That's all. Not daunting once done 2 or 3 times, but could put off some newcomers.

I have been using Devuan for over 6 months and it has not crashed or let me down in any way. I read web-pages and watch online video such as iplayer, do email, write letters, update a database, listen to CDs, watch DVDs, do video editing & play computer shogi. It feels stable and secure and, touch wood that such a good review is not tempting fate, have personally found no faults with it so far.

Gee7 (UK)

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