June 13, 2018

Devuan 2.0 Is a Debian Fork for Linux Users Who Want to Avoid systemd

Devuan is a fork of Debian that eschews the Red Hat-developed systemd init system in favor of alternatives such as sysvinit, among others. Unlike the Mir vs. Wayland controversy, the use of systemd has impacted enterprise servers, which have highly customized init scripts that are challenging to reimplement for systemd-powered systems, or otherwise break across upgrades.

Devuan, pronounced "dev one," is available for 32- and 64-bit PCs, with specialized ARM images available for certain Chromebooks, as well as the MeeGo-era Nokia N9, N900, and N950 phones, and the Motorola Droid 4. It's also available for single-board computers including the Raspberry Pi series, ODROID XU and XU4, BeagleBone Black, and Allwinner-powered boards with mainline U-Boot and Linux support, including variants of the Banana Pi and Orange Pi products. Current Debian Jessie and Stretch users can migrate directly to Devuan without needing to start from a fresh installation.

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