Devuan GNU+Linux is a free software operating system for your computer. Free software means you are free to use, copy and distribute, study, change the software, and share your modifications with the community.

Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 stable release (LTS)

Dear Init Freedom Lovers,

Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!

Many of you might remember November 2014 when we announced that we were going to fork Debian. Well, we have done exactly that. It has been a long process, but now over two years later, we proudly present Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 Stable.

There have been no significant bug reports since Devuan Jessie RC2 was announced only three weeks ago and the list of release critical bugs is now empty. So finally Devuan Jessie Stable is ready for release! As promised, this will also be a Long-Term-Support (LTS) release. Our team will participate in providing patches, security updates, and release upgrades beyond the planned lifespan of Debian Jessie.

A lot of appreciation has been coming our way in the last few weeks. And now with this Stable release we anticipate that even the most skeptical among private and enterprise users will finally be ready to jump on the Devuan train.

Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 Stable is a major milestone in the new path drawn by the Devuan project and its development has provided an opportunity to lay down a strong foundation for the Devuan community. In the last two years we have put in place a powerful infrastructure to support the development and growth of Devuan, which now includes:

During the Jessie release cycle we have strenghtened and optimised these services and also migrated to more powerful hardware to cope with the increased loads we have experienced.

The ambitious plan to provide a no-nonsense universal GNU+Linux distribution does not stop here - it extends beyond this release.

Our main development efforts will now turn to Devuan ASCII (Minor Planet #3568), which will be the next stable release. We are confident that the preliminary ASCII ISOs could be available for testing soon. Beyond ASCII - the saga of Beowulf (Minor Planet #38086) appropriately mirrors the path we have taken. :^)

Please find below instructions to try out or install Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 Stable on your computer and to upgrade from Debian 7 (Wheezy) or Debian 8 (Jessie). If you are already using Devuan Jessie RC2, a simple apt-get update && apt-get upgrade will be enough to get the latest updates.

Download (for new installs)

Official Devuan images are distributed via the website

To ease the load on our bandwidth we kindly ask you to use one of the following mirrors

Note: For off-line installations we recommend using the DVD image or the live images, not the /installer-iso images. For on-line installations please use the NETINST images.

(The use of the CD image is not recommended, since the iso does not contain enough applications to make it useful in any off-line circumstance.)

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:

Upgrade (for existing installations)

Devuan Jessie Stable 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:

The Devuan Apt package repositories are:

deb jessie          main
deb jessie-updates  main
deb 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 jessie-backports        main
deb jessie-proposed-updates main
deb jessie-proposed         main
deb experimental            main

Distributions based on Devuan

In chronological order of appearance:

Please contact us on the #devuan-dev IRC channel (freenode) or at to have your Devuan derivative included in the list.

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. Feedback is essential for Devuan to grow and prosper. Here are some ways you can help:

Devuan has a wishlist!

As we grow, the need for community participation and hardware and financial support increases. Here are some suggestions that will help move us along:


As our journey led by world-class experts, supporters, enthusiasts, and donors continues, we acknowledge with heartfelt thanks and appreciation each and every one of you who has participated in the process. Working together we have made Devuan a reliable universal distribution, as well as a friendly, collaborative community.

A special thanks goes to the Foundation for facilitating the birth of Devuan and sustaining its development and to Franco (nextime) Lanza and Denis (Jaromil) Roio, the public advocates for init freedom who persisted against all odds.

And last but not least, thanks to our team of intrepid Devuan developers who have successfully forged Devuan GNU+Linux into a world-class base universal distribution.


The source of all Devuan packages can be found on

Devuan Bug Tracking System is at

Devuan Popularity Contest is at

Devuan’s web forum is at

IRC channels: #devuan, #devuan-arm, #debianfork, #devuan-dev, #devuan-www, #devuan-fr, and perhaps even more on

Announce mailinglist (low traffic, only release announcements)

Discussion mailinglist (high volume traffic)

Enterprise support

Some of the world-class experts behind Devuan are now ready to provide enterprise-level support and customised builds of Devuan derivatives, crafted with great attention and love for details.

In particular two companies, one in New Zealand (Centurion Computer Technology) and one in Amsterdam (Dyne Solutions) are willing to extend their offer to new customers interested in adopting Devuan as a base distribution for embedded devices or cloud images or any other use for which a certified build of Devuan can be a solution.

Plans are there to provide at competitive cost a custom, certified image of this GNU+Linux based distribution, running ad-hoc software with certified updates and a privilege escalation model that is hard-coded and leaves no space for surprises.

Here is a short list of projects which use Devuan as a base OS for their research and development:

Init Freedom

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 and did so despite widespread community concern. 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.

happy hacking ;^)

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