Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 - 2nd stable release candidate (RC2)
Dear Init Freedom Lovers,
Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!
Just two weeks after the release of Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 RC, we are happy to announce Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 RC2. Thanks to the very good feedback received from the community, this release candidate is one step closer to our final Devuan stable release and our first long term support (LTS) release as well.
The first RC was well-received in the press and in user reviews:
Please find below instructions to try out or install Devuan Jessie
1.0.0 RC2 on your computer and to upgrade from Debian 7 (Wheezy) or
Debian 8 (Jessie). If you are already using Devuan Jessie RC, a simple
apt-get update && apt-get upgrade will be enough to get the latest
As soon as Devuan Jessie stable is released, we will turn our attention to Devuan Ascii, the current development branch.
We wish to thank all of you for the incredible support given to this development effort, and for engaging in the process of making Devuan a useful and reliable base distro, as well as a pleasant, cooperative community.
What has improved in RC2
- Solved issues with signing keys – All the keys used to sign installation and live images are now listed at: https://www.devuan.org/os/team/
- free and non-free firmware packages are now included in desktop-live and minimal-live isos. A script to remove all non-free firmware packages from running live images is provided in /root
- backports (bpo) repos are now correctly pinned at priority 100, meaning that no package from backports will be automatically installed
- Added a systemd-free version of network-manager
- New versions of reportbug, desktop-base, xfce4-panel
- Several more libsystemd0-free packages are now included in the jessie-proposed repo
- Removed GNOME, KDE, and Cinnamon as DE options in tasksel. These three DEs are still (mostly) installable after the installation is complete, but they are known to suffer from some glitches due to the lack of systemd
- Fixed several minor bugs
- A total of 29 different ARM boards are now supported, thanks to the added support for u-boot:
- Currently supported boards are:
- Acer Chromebook (chromeacer)
- Veyron/Rockchip Chromebook (chromeveyron)
- Nokia N900 (n900)
- Odroid XU (odroidxu)
- Raspberry Pi 0 and 1 (raspi1)
- Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 (raspi2)
- Raspberry Pi 3 - arm64 (raspi3)
- Allwinner boards are now contained in a single image (sunxi),
and their respective U-Boot bootloader downloads are available
in the u-boot directory. The currently supported boards are:
- Olimex: Lime (A10), Lime, Lime2, MICRO (A20)
- Banana Pi: Pi, Pro (A20)
- CHIP: CHIP (R8), CHIP Pro (GR8)
- Cubieboard: Cubieboard (A10), Cubieboard2, Cubietruck (A20) Cubieboard4 (A80), Cubietruck Plus (A83t)
- Lamobo R1 (A20)
- OrangePi: OrangePi2, OrangePi Lite, OrangePi Plus (H3) OrangePi Zero (H2+), OrangePi, OrangePi Mini (A20)
- Allwinner-based Tablet (A33)
More info on these boards can be found in the respective README files in the downloads directory
- Requests for any Allwinner board support can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or the #devuan-arm IRC channel - Preferably they should be supported in mainline Linux and mainline U-Boot
Anyone can help Devuan!
Devuan is a large endeavor involving people of all ages, from different countries, with a rainbow of skills and interests. Anyone can contribute to ensure that Devuan maintains its role as a stable and reliable universal operating system.
Here are some suggestions of how you can help Devuan grow and prosper:
- If you think you have found a bug in a Devuan package, please report
it to http://bugs.devuan.org, either by using the
reportbugtool or directly via email
- If you think you know how to fix an exiting bug, please report the
solution in the corresponding page on http://bugs.devuan.org, or,
better, roll-up your sleeves, implement the fix, and get in touch
with the development team on IRC (
#devuan-devon freenode) to have your patch included in the official repos
- If you would like a package to be included in Devuan, please consider joining the development team by taking charge of packaging and maintaining it. This documentation will guide you through the process: https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=549
- If you can provide documentation or translations in any language, please have a look at https://git.devuan.org/devuan/documentation
- If you have comments about the website and/or other public aspects of Devuan, please get in touch (contact jaromil email@example.com or golinux firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you have a lot of bandwidth, consider hosting a mirror of Devuan
images/repos. Please get in touch with devuan developers on IRC
- If you like and appreciate Devuan, please spread the word by sharing your experience, providing a review, making a video of Devuan at work, or explaining how Devuan is making your life easier/better/happier. You can also follow @DevuanOrg on twitter
- Devuan has a wishlist! As we grow, our need for hardware and financial support increases. We are currently upgrading infrastructure and expanding the list of Devuan-compatible hardware. Here are some suggestions that will help move us along:
- Sponsor the cost of a dedicated server (from ~50$/month/server)
(contact devs on
- Donate an ARM development board (50$-100$)
(contact parazyd email@example.com /
- Donate an ARM or ARM64 build host (50$-200$)
(contact parazyd firstname.lastname@example.org /
- Donate a MIPS board (50$-200$) (contact parazyd email@example.com)
- Donate PowerPC/Sparc hardware for build/development
(contact devs on
- Or you can always make a one-time or recurring donation of any amount. Please visit: https://www.devuan.org/os/donate Where we just updated the financial reports for 2015 and 2016 And an interim one for 2017 is on its way!
As our journey led by world-class experts, supporters, enthusiasts, and donors continues, we acknowledge with heartfelt thanks and appreciation every one of you.
Official Devuan images are distributed via the website (https://files.devuan.org/devuan_jessie_rc/)
To ease the load on our bandwidth we kindly ask you to use one of the following mirrors
All files offered for download come with their SHA256 hash to check
the integrity (either in the
SHA256SUMS or in the .sha files) and
with a cryptographic signature made using GnuPG by one of the Devuan
developers in charge of the build, included as .asc file.
An understanding of Devuan’s script-friendly file naming scheme and directory structure will help you find what you need. (https://www.devuan.org/os/filenaming)
Distributions based on Devuan
In chronological order of appearance:
- Gnuinos http://gnuinos.org (linux-libre 100% free, GNU review pending)
- Refracta http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta
- Exe GNU/Linux http://exegnulinux.net
- Nelum-dev1 https://sourceforge.net/projects/nelum-dev1
- Star https://sourceforge.net/projects/linnix
- heads https://heads.dyne.org (linux-libre 100% free, GNU review pending)
- good-life-linux https://sourceforge.net/projects/good-life-linux/
- Crowz https://sourceforge.net/projects/crowz
Devuan can be adopted as a flawless upgrade path from both Debian 7 (Wheezy) and Debian 8 (Jessie). This is a main goal for the Devuan Jessie stable release and has proven to be a very stable operation every time it has been performed. Detailed installation and upgrade instructions are available including translations (https://www.devuan.org/os/documentation/dev1fanboy/).
The Devuan Apt package repositories are:
deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie main deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-updates main deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-security main
We provide access to our package repository also via Tor:
deb tor+http://devuanfwojg73k6r.onion/merged jessie main deb tor+http://devuanfwojg73k6r.onion/merged jessie-updates main deb tor+http://devuanfwojg73k6r.onion/merged jessie-security main
After replacing Debian’s package sources with the ones above, run:
apt-get update apt-get install devuan-keyring apt-get dist-upgrade
Then proceed with a reboot, which will keep
sysvinit as init or
revert to it in case the machine was running Debian Jessie.
Additional package repositories are available, but considered experimental:
deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-backports main deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/merged jessie-proposed-updates main deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/devuan jessie-proposed main deb http://auto.mirror.devuan.org/devuan experimental main
Devuan’s web forum is on https://dev1galaxy.org
#devuan-fr, and perhaps even more on freenode.net
Announce mailinglist (low traffic, only release announcements) https://mailinglists.dyne.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/devuan-announce
Discussion mailinglist (high volume traffic) https://mailinglists.dyne.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/dng
Here is a short list of projects which use Devuan as a base OS for their research and development:
Dowse - the IoT awareness Hub which won the ISOC NL Innovation prize 2016 is based on Devuan and just released its 1.0 beta: https://dowse.eu
DECODE - An R&D project on data sovereignty and blockchain technology financed with 5M EUR by the EU Commission is based on Devuan: http://decodeproject.eu
heads - a live distro focused on privacy, security, and freedoms, experimenting with Devuan Ascii, and having a workshop @ http://2017.rmll.info: https://heads.dyne.org
Devuan is about choice. We think people should be able to choose whether to use a GNU+Linux system with or without systemd.
Devuan decided to fork not only the base distribution, but also its governance, because Debian has made it difficult to avoid systemd as init, entangling the system with unnecessary dependencies. We encourage potential Devuan users who wish to install systemd to use Debian’s installer, Debian’s packages and Debian’s mailing lists, all available directly from Debian’s mirrors.
Devuan is the Debian that was and could have been. Our goal is to provide a viable and sustainable alternative. It is a new path, nurtured with your help and support.
To support the Devuan project: https://www.devuan.org/donate
happy hacking ;^)