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 - 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 updates.

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

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:

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 (

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. (

Distributions based on Devuan

In chronological order of appearance:


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 (

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


Devuan’s web forum is on

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)

Related projects

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:

DECODE - An R&D project on data sovereignty and blockchain technology financed with 5M EUR by the EU Commission is based on Devuan:

heads - a live distro focused on privacy, security, and freedoms, experimenting with Devuan Ascii, and having a workshop @

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. 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:

happy hacking ;^)