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Devuan GNU+Linux

Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:12 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.

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Devuan Summary
Distribution Devuan GNU+Linux
Home Page https://devuan.org/
Mailing Lists https://devuan.org/os/community
User Forums https://dev1galaxy.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://devuan.org/os/documentation/
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Bug Tracker https://bugs.devuan.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-10-14: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 4.0.0
 • 2021-02-15: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.1.0
 • 2020-06-02: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.0.0
 • 2020-03-18: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.0.0 Beta
 • 2019-11-25: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.1
 • 2018-06-09: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0
 • 2018-05-10: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 RC
 • 2018-02-14: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 Beta
 • 2017-05-25: Distribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0
 • 2017-05-05: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 RC2
 • 2017-04-21: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 RC
 • 2016-11-30: Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 Beta 2
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 • 2022-09-04 Devuan repository key expires
 • 2019-03-10 Devuan considers machine IDs
 • 2019-02-28 Devuan conference planned
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Release Date 2023-01-30 2023-01-30 2021-10-14 2021-02-15 2019-11-25 2017-05-25
End Of Life           2020-06
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)     300-3700 300-3700 200-4500  
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Cinnamon, LXQt, KDE Plasma, MATE, Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Rolling Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Semi-Rolling Fixed Fixed
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice
Processor Architecture arm64, armel, armhf, i386, ppc64el, x86_64 arm64, armel, armhf, i386, ppc64el, x86_64 arm64, armel, armhf, i386, ppc64el, x86_64 arm64, armel, armhf, i386, ppc64el, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64
Init Software OpenRC, runit, SysV OpenRC, runit, SysV OpenRC, runit, SysV OpenRC, runit, SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4 Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List unstable testing 4.0.0 3.1.0 2.1 1.0.0
Package unstable
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.5 3.0.4 -- -- -- 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.4 1.2.4 1.1.8 1.1.3 1.0.28
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3
bind (9.18.15) 9.16.15 9.16.15 9.16.15 9.11.5 9.10.3-P4 9.9.5
chromium (114.0.5735.106) 93.0.4577.82 90.0.4430.212 90.0.4430.212 88.0.4324.146 70.0.3538.110 57.0.2987.98
cups (2.4.4) 2.3.3op2 2.3.3op2 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.4 1.46.2 1.46.2 1.44.5 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (114.0.1) 93.0 78.14.0 78.14.0 78.7.0 60.7.1 45.9.0
freetype (2.13.0) 2.10.4 2.10.4 2.10.4 2.9.1 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (13.1.0) 9.4.0 9.3.0 10.2.1 8.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.34) 2.10.28 2.10.22 2.10.22 2.10.8 2.8.18 2.8.14
glibc (2.37) 2.32 2.31 2.31 2.28 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (44.2) 40.5 3.38.6 3.38.6 3.30.2 3.22.3 --
gnucash (5.1) 4.6 4.4 -- -- 2.6.15 2.6.4
gnumeric (1.12.55) 1.12.50 1.12.48 -- -- -- 1.12.18
grub (2.06) 2.04 2.04 2.04 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk (4.10.4) 3.24.30 3.24.24 3.24.24 3.24.5 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.57) 2.4.51 2.4.48 2.4.48 2.4.38 2.4.25 2.4.10
inkscape (1.2.2) 1.1.1 1.0.2 1.0.2 0.92.4 0.92.1 0.48.5
k3b (23.04.2) 21.08.0 20.12.2 20.12.2 18.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.2
kmod (30) 29 28 28 26 23 18
krita (5.1.5) 4.4.8 4.4.2 -- -- -- --
libreoffice (7.5.4) 7.2.1 7.0.4 7.0.4 6.1.5 5.2.7 4.3.3
linux (6.3.7) 5.14.9 5.10.70 5.10.70 4.19.160 4.9.189 3.16.43
Package unstable
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.1 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.7.2
mariadb (11.1.1) 10.5.12 10.5.12 10.5.12 10.1.26 10.1.26 --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) 1.24.1 1.24.1 1.24.1 1.20.4 1.16.2 --
mesa (23.1.2) 21.2.3 20.3.5 20.3.5 18.3.6 13.0.6 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.33) 8.0.23 -- -- -- 5.5.9999 5.5.55
nautilus (44.2.1) 41.0 3.38.2 3.38.2 3.30.5 3.22.3 3.14.1
NVIDIA (530.41.03) -- -- -- 418.74 -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2
openjdk (20.0.1) 8u302 -- 11.0.12 11.0.9 8u222 7u111
openssh (9.3p1) 8.4p1 8.4p1 8.4p1 7.9p1 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (3.1.1) 1.1.1l 1.1.1k 1.1.1k 1.1.1d 1.1.0k 1.0.1t
perl (5.36.1) 5.32.1 5.32.1 5.32.1 5.28.1 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (8.2.7) 8.0.8 7.4.21 7.4.21 7.3.19 7.0.33 5.6.30
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.21.5 5.20.5 5.20.5 5.8.6 4.11.13
postfix (3.8.1) 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.5.6 3.4.14 3.1.12 2.11.3
postgresql (15.3) -- -- 13.4 11.10 9.6.15 9.4.11
Python (3.11.4) 3.9.7 3.9.2 3.9.2 3.7.3 3.5.3 2.7.9
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.2 5.15.2 5.15.2 5.11.3 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.18.3) 4.13.5 4.13.5 4.13.5 4.9.5 4.5.16 4.2.14
systemd (253.5) 249.5 247.3 -- -- -- --
thunderbird (102.12.0) 78.14.0 78.14.0 78.14.0 78.7.0 60.8.0 45.8.0
vim (9.0) 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.16 3.0.16 3.0.16 3.0.12 3.0.8 2.2.5
wayland (1.22.0) 1.19.0 1.18.0 -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.16.0 4.16.0 4.16.0 4.12.5 4.12.3 4.10.2
xorg-server (21.1.8) 1.20.11 1.20.11 1.20.11 1.20.4 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 4.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-06-07
Votes: 4

It works. It respects you as an adult. It does not take weird decisions on your benefit. What was expected to be Linux. That is Devuan.

I need to write lots of more chars, but in fact there is no more explication needed. You get what Debian used to be, you get tons of packages, and you do not get the "ubuntu feeling" that latests Debian gives you. But with all the benefits of Debian.

Actualiced packages without surprises, and nothing that systemd surprisinly breaks, or any package that breacks systemd and left systemd broken.

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Version: testing
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-06-01
Votes: 12

I have been using Linux since some time in the 90's and previously used (not in any particular order & likely forgetting some) Suse, Caldera, Slackware, Sidux, PCLinuxOS, MX, Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, LFS, BLFS, Vector, CentOS, Fedora, Bodhi, Peppermint, Mepis, TwistedOS, Raspian, Tails amongst various others that I have tried briefly or used as they are on computers. Others in my family are using PopOS, MX, Xubuntu.

When Devuan were working on Jessie (1,0.0) I was mostly using Debian and I have long preferred apt to rpm. I maintain servers which I am gradually moving to devuan from debian and one ubuntu although I have used centos in the past. My concern has mostly been systemd. I have used runit before and use openrc on my devuan installs which at the time of making the choice seemed to have the edge to me but the choice is always there. What I like about Devuan is the freedom from systemd feature creep and the risks that come with that but also the mindset of the team that goes with that choice that the developer made which is a reassurance in future decision making. It has installed easily on a variety of hardware and I am using Chimaera (4.0.0.) for servers and Daedalus (Testing) for the more up to date hardware support for my laptop.

Although I am capable of doing a lot of the more technical under the hood stuff, when I am busy I like a quick setup, ease of use (whether terminal or GUI) and for stuff to just work well without hassle when i need to get on with things and I get that with Devuan. I find it very solid and reliable with a huge amount of software available but without bloat. It's compact efficient and fast. It's simple to just grab the stuff I like to use and install it and copy over my profiles where needed when changing hardware.

I use XFCE almost always but deep down I'm an enlightenment / Moksha fan really but i would spend a while making it how i wanted it whereas XFCE is close enough for me to work efficiently with few tweaks out of the box and most distros have an up to date version. I have used KDE a lot in my early years with the odd short term use of LXDE, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Budgie, FVWM, Openbox, IceWM, LXQT.

Occasionally I have used wine but I almost always find there is a linux way of sorting stuff. I think the last time I had to resort to that was for a vehicle maintenance program quite a while back. I'm not a gamer and I do see from my son's gaming that sometimes there are some disadvantages to linux whether under wine or native. I can't recall when I last had a dual boot setup but I think it was probably soon after my wife got her Samsung NC20 netbook so probably 2009 and I hoped she would let me use it on the rare occasions I wanted do do something in windows. Before that I was at the stage of being many months between windows boots.

I think the most frustrating thing is document compatibility if printing something that has been done on a windows machine and the appropriate fonts are not installed and maybe even not legally available as they came with something else so at least one needs to find a metrically compatible substitute but this issue can potentially occur between windows systems to an extent. The other thing is I hope in future they pick release names that are easier to remember the spelling. I'm not bothered about the lack of wallpapers as all my desktops are always covered with open windows and they are easy to add what you like if you want anyway.

Over the years I have liked, enjoyed and disliked different distros but Devuan is the one I feel I can trust & rely on the most to do what I need and I feel at ease with.

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Version: 4.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-05-21
Votes: 16

A "perfect distro" is very subjective.

Devuan has been the perfect distro for me.

I have been using linux way back when synaptic was the graphical package manager and before systemd was thought of.
While I do not desire to enter the systemd dabate all I can say is the more I use it the more I see the sense in do one thing and doing it well.

I chose Devaun for my main machine after a year and half with Qubes. Qubes is great but I wanted a more integrated system. Devaun was one of three distros I have used in the past and only replaced them after hardware failure. (the other two were mxlinux and mint).

After a year of so Devaun just keeps booting and doing what it needs to do. Not that I have stopped distro-hopping. I still try distros on spare drives and machines however while other distros have come and gone Devaun remains.

What may be perceived as cons does not bother me. There is not graphical package manager. However as Install through the command line anyway I do not miss it. App seems to boot faster and the system remains stable longer anyway.
Packages are not bleeding edge. This is an acceptable trade off for a system that remains stable day after day.

I can't remember if it has a welcome screen or not however once again everything that usually pops up in a welcome screen is part of the normal routine of installation anyway.

Devuan is a perfect distro if need something that boots everyday and works.

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