Devuan

Devuan 1.0 Jessie beta 2: That’s Debian Jessie minus systemd

If you don’t know the history of Devuan, here’s a summary.

Back when the developers of the Debian Linux distribution made the decision to go with systemd as the init system and service manager, a group of seasoned developers said, hell, no! They’d rather fork Debian than use systemd.

And that’s exactly what the Veteran Unix Admins did – forked Debian. The result of that is called Devuan.

The second beta of Devuan 1.0 Jessie is now available for download, testing and bug-reporting. So if you think there’s a place for a Linux distribution that does not use systemd, this is your opportunity to contribute. Details of this release and links to installation images are available here.

Devuan uses the Xfce desktop environment. Here are a few screenshots from a test installation.

This image shows the installation boot menu.

Devuan Jessie beta 2
Figure 1: Devuan Jessie beta 2 install menu

And this, the GRUB boot manager’s menu.

Devuan Jessie GRUB menu
Figure 2: Devuan Jessie beta 2 GRUB menu

The login screen.

Devuan Jessie beta 2 login screen
Figure 3: Devuan Jessie beta 2 login screen

Devuan 1.0 Jessie beta 2 ships with Xfce 4.10. This is a screenshot of the default desktop.

Devuan Jessie MATE desktop
Figure 4: Devuan Jessie beta 2 default desktop

The desktop showing the application menu.

Devuan Jessie Firefox
Figure 5: Applications menu of Devuan Jessie beta 2

LibreOffice, an open source Office suite, comes pre-installed.

Devuan Jessie LibreOffice
Figure 6: Applications menu of Devuan Jessie beta 2 showing installed LibreOffice components

And let’s not forget what makes Devuan different from Debian – It doesn’t speak systemd.

Devuan Jessie no systemd
Figure 7: No systemd on Devuan Jessie beta 2

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3 Comments

  1. jacob wallace

    Great information!

  2. How I can trust Devuan and what kind of professionals they are when I get this for their website:

    The owner of devuan.org has configured their website improperly

    • I’m not seeing that from Firefox or Vivaldi (based on Chrome), but an improperly-configured website does not mean the guys have no idea what they’re doing or can’t be trusted to publish a quality Linux distribution.

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