This page provides general usage and information about Devuan. These are the basics that everybody should know if they want to use Devuan, and is intended to be suitable for anybody not already familiar with Debian.
Devuan is available on a number of architectures including PC’s and embedded devices.
As with Debian we have a stable branch, but since releases are based on Debian stable we do not use the concept of a testing branch.
- ASCII (equivalent to Debian Stretch)
- Beowulf (stable release, equivalent to Debian Buster)
- Ceres (equivalent to Debian Sid)
Differences from Debian
Devuan removes systemd as the default init and does not rely on systemd-shim to avoid using systemd, instead we use elogind to provide some functions that would otherwise need systemd. We also use eudev in place of udev because it’s now part of the systemd sources. Devuan has it’s own own artwork and theming and some free software available from our community.
Getting and verifying installation images
Find and download your image(s) from files.devuan.org or preferably one of the mirrors, embedded images can be found in the embedded directory for each release. You should also download the
SHA256SUMS.asc files from the same directory as the images.
Now verify the integrity of the image(s).
user@GNU/Linux:~$ sha256sum --ignore-missing -c SHA256SUMS
You will now need to get the Devuan developers signing keys and import them.
user@GNU/Linux:~$ gpg --import devuan-devs.gpg
Then verify the SHA256SUMS file is the one signed by the Devuan developers.
user@GNU/Linux:~$ gpg --verify SHA256SUMS.asc
If the signature is reported as good then you can write the image(s) to your bootable media.
Writing an image to bootable media
All Devuan ISO images are hybrid ISOs and may be written to a USB drive using dd.
root@GNU/Linux:~# dd if=filename.iso of=/dev/sdX bs=1M && sync
If you don’t have a spare USB drive you can write the image to a CD or DVD using wodim.
user@GNU/Linux:~$ wodim dev=/dev/sr0 -eject filename.iso
If you want to write an embedded image to an sdcard you will need to install the xz utility.
root@GNU/Linux:~# apt-get install xz-utils
Decompress the image.
user@GNU/Linux:~$ xz -d <filename>.img.xz
Then write it to the sdcard.
root@GNU/Linux:~# dd if=filename.img of=/dev/sdX && sync
If your board is a sunxi board then also flash the u-boot image to the sdcard.
root@GNU/Linux:~# dd if=<imagename>.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8 && sync
Changing the BIOS boot order
In order to boot from your new install media you will have to change the UEFI/BIOS boot order. Every UEFI/BIOS is different so it’s not possible to cover the steps for this, however you can usually enter the setup screen using the
Delete key during POST.
If you’re now interested in installing Devuan and have written your image to a CD/DVD, you can follow the installation guide to get your system up and running with Devuan.
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