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Devuan GNU+Linux

Last Update: 2018-06-18 13:57 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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Average visitor rating: 9.04/10 from 250 review(s).

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/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://files.devuan.org/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.devuan.org/
Related Websites Friends of DevuanWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • More Devuan releases...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature unstable
Release Date 2018-06-11 2018-06-11 2018-06-09 2017-05-25
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)     200-4500  
Free Download DEB DEB ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Cinnamon, LXQt, KDE Plasma, MATE, Xfce Xfce Xfce Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Rolling Semi-Rolling Fixed Fixed
Office Suite GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice
Processor Architecture armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems 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
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List unstable testing 2.0.0 1.0.0
Package unstable
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 -- 3.0.0
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.3 1.1.3 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4.18 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.1) 9.11.3 9.10.3-P4 9.10.3-P4 9.9.5
chromium (67.0.3396.87) 67.0.3396.62 62.0.3202.89 62.0.3202.89 57.0.2987.98
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.8 2.2.1 2.2.1 1.7.5
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.5 4.3.1
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (60.0.2) 60.0.2 52.6.0 52.6.0 45.9.0
freetype (2.9.1) 2.8.1 2.6.3 2.6.3 2.5.2
gcc (8.1.0) 8.1.0 6.3.0 6.3.0 4.9.2
gimp (2.10.2) 2.10.2 2.8.18 2.8.18 2.8.14
glibc (2.27) 2.27 2.24 2.24 2.19
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.28.2 3.22.3 3.22.3 --
gnucash (3.2) 2.6.19 2.6.15 2.6.15 2.6.4
gnumeric (1.12.41) 1.12.39 1.12.32 -- 1.12.18
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.30 3.22.11 3.22.11 2.24.25
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.33 2.4.25 2.4.25 2.4.10
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.1 0.92.1 0.48.5
k3b (18.04.2) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.2
kmod (25) 25 23 23 18
krita (4.0.4) 4.0.3 3.1.1 -- --
libreoffice (6.0.5) 6.0.5~rc1 5.2.7 5.2.7 4.3.3
linux (4.17.2) 4.16.12 4.9.82 4.9.82 3.16.43
Package unstable
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.7.2
mariadb (10.3.7) 10.1.29 10.1.26 10.1.26 --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.1 1.16.2 1.16.2 --
mesa (18.1.2) 18.0.5 13.0.6 13.0.6 10.3.2
mysql (8.0.11) 5.7.22 -- -- 5.5.55
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.22.3 3.22.3 3.14.1
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.5.2
openjdk (10.0.1) 8u171 8u151 8u151 7u111
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.4p1 7.4p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0h 1.1.0f 1.1.0f 1.0.1t
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.2 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.7) 7.2.4 7.0.27 7.0.27 5.6.30
plasma-desktop (5.13.1) 5.12.5 5.8.6 5.8.6 4.11.13
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.0 3.1.8 3.1.8 2.11.3
postgresql (10.4) -- 9.6.7 9.6.7 9.4.11
Python (3.6.5) 3.7.0~b5 3.5.3 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.11.1) 5.10.1 5.7.1 5.7.1 4.8.6
samba (4.8.2) 4.8.2 4.5.12 4.5.12 4.2.14
systemd (239) 238 232 -- --
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.8.0 52.6.0 52.6.0 45.8.0
vim (8.1) 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.4
vlc (3.0.3) 3.0.3 2.2.7 2.2.7 2.2.5
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.10.2
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.20.0 1.19.2 1.19.2 1.16.4

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-06-22
Votes: 6

So the interesting point is that there is no systemd here!

And if you like using more traditional UNIX systems and are not using a BSD UNIX, devuan is a fine Linux to use as a base.

I can understand what the reviewer is getting at about various pieces linking together. But from my perspective that is the part of running Linux and BSD as a workstation I like. The other gnome or KDE based systems are basically aiming to replace windows or Mac systems. And they have their 'use cases' pre-configured for anyone to use which is fine. And all the extra help and linkage does take a lot of packages and code to achieve. Fair enough as well.

With devuan what I liked is that you can build a BSD-a-like but it is GNU Linux. So if you want to game or have a similar workflow you want to build but can't quite get there (driver or some other reason) on BSD this is good. You can probably build what you want from very stable pieces provided with devuan to do it. It is a good Linux even if you forget the BSD. ;)

As it is based on debian GNU Linux. You can also refer to much of Debian's user recommendations to resolve problems.

Some background. I have five different desktop systems running Devuan 2.0. Three are used by other people. This is alongside a number of FreeBSD and OpenBSD systems. I have no other Linux distro in use apart from the odd live CD for tools, etc. So I am not installing this into a VM for a bit of testing... the devuan systems are actually being used as primary systems with data primary stored on them.

On all five I stripped out the graphical login screen and xfce and installed fluxbox to start from .xinitrc. So no systemd to worry about at all. You just remove the packages and edit text files. It feels good.

I then added added various paths to apt, installed wine and the bundled / stock nvidia driver (surprisingly good) and can run steam quite happily. It boots fast and shuts down quickly.

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-21
Votes: 8

Devuan is great, really a 10/10, it's easy and smooth going.
Awesome sysV, no sysD, no more 1.5 min. hang ups!
Clean simple minimal net install that includes wifi drivers I need (non-free?)
Easy to install!
KDE plasma 5.12 works really well with the Neptune repository (for up to date KDE)
MX Linux repository adds nicely, no problems (previous review has the right idea)
Easily installed Bumblebee and nvidia without a hiccup
Everything I've done has gone without a hitch, just wonderful.

I have been distro hopping a lot the past 6 months, played with some Arch, Manjaro, Suse, Fedora, Netrunner, MX Linux, PCLinuxOS, Maui, Neon, Calculate ...etc... But I've decided I like Apt and KDE, but aslo I don't like waiting for 1 minute and 30 seconds for systemD to finish shuting down from time to time. I also always keep a mxlinux on a partition for emergencies and tools, with it's sysVinit, awesome tools like mxsnapper, boot repair, etc.. however I can never seem to get a really solid recent version of Plasma on it (digging 5.12, not so much 5.8) and MX ends up quite bloated with KDE plasma on top.

So I'm building my system upon Devuan, and it's going so smooth, really it's top notch, not a hiccup yet, perhaps I'm being premature but If it keeps going this way I'm going to be here a very long time...

Great work on a solid distro.

Is it pronounced Dev-one?

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Version: 2.0.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-06-19
Votes: 4

We can install Devuan and add extra packages (acroread, languages, wine, virtualbox, „mx-packages”,...) from MX Repository (info on http://mxrepo.com/)
MX-packageinstaller is useful.

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