Derivatives Based on Devuan

Devuan is conceived as a base OS on which to roll your own distro.

This page documents Devuan-based projects.

Available distributions


EterTICs GNU/Linux-Libre is a 100% libre distribution designed for Latin American radio environments. Previously based on Debian, It is the first libre distribution to be designed for this purpose.

Exe GNU/Linux

Exe GNU/Linux is a live CD or USB desktop orientated distribution pre-installed with the Trinity Desktop Environment. It can optionally be installed to a hard disk or USB thumb drive. The latest version of Exe GNU/Linux is based on Devuan rather than Debian.


Gnuinos is a libre spin of Devuan GNU/Linux using the Openbox window manager. It is very lightweight, ships with the linux-libre kernel and is focused on general purpose computing. The project aims to produce a fully FSF approved distribution.


Based on Devuan and using the Refracta tools MIYO (“make it your own”) is a minimalistic distribution that allows users to add software they want without the need to remove software they don’t want. It uses Openbox as the default window manager is ideal for older or resource limited computers.


Nelum-dev1 is a fast and lightweight live CD distribution created to showcase Devuan GNU/Linux. It comes in flavours for Openbox, MATE and XFCE.


Refracta is a GNU/Linux distribution built with home users in mind. It provides a simple layout that will be comfortable for the majority of users. It also comes with special tools that allow the user to customize their system and create a live CD or live USB from their installation.


Star is a minimal distro, with a small selection of apps, for those who prefer to create there own environment. As well, there is also a DIY project for people who want to learn how to make their own live distribution, using the live-build development environment.


Since “the amnesic incognito live system” (Tails) now ships with systemd, @parazyd thought it would be nice to make one without systemd.

heads offers some improvements over tails. It is distributed with a fully de-blobbed kernel hardened with grsecurity and uses the awesome window manager.

Like Tails, heads routes your traffic through the Tor network to anonymize your internet activity.


Good Life Linux was made so that users with older hardware could install a minimal and base LXDE, Openbox, or Xfce system in order to make their system into what they need without any additional bloat to remove.


Crowz (formerly Zephyr Linux) is a 64 bit live-hybrid distribution built on Debian and Devuan stable. It is a lightweight distribution with a small collection of applications included by default. There are flavours available for Fluxbox, JWM and Openbox each of which include a fully featured desktop experience.


Dowse is a smart digital network appliance for home based local area networks (LAN) and also small and medium business offices, that makes it possible to connect objects and people in a friendly, conscious and responsible manner.


DecodeOS is an ASCII-based derivative targeting micro-service usage on anonymous network clusters. It includes original software developed to automatically build p2p networks as Tor hidden service families.

Maemo Leste

Maemo Leste continues the legacy of Maemo by providing a free Maemo experience on mobile phones and tablets like the Nokia N900, Motorola Droid 4, Allwinner Tablets and more.


ThomOS (formerly Crunkbong) is a switchblade that does one thing really well. You won’t always need to use one. However, when the right time comes, you’ll be glad you had it. It’s fairly small and meant to be kept on hand for whenever a need arises.


FluXuan Linux is trying to bring your old computer laptop back to life. It is based on Devuan ASCII and follows Miyo Linux’ idea to leave the end user the power to install their favorite programs.

Upcoming distributions


Dyne:bolic is a fully libre live CD for media activists that can run on low-end machines.

The “nesting” concept, which allows all modifications to the live cd to be saved to a USB drive and later reloaded on boot was adopted in the devuan-sdk.

The first Dyne:bolic was created from LFS, and the last version was based on Debian Wheezy. The upcoming version will be based on Devuan to demonstrate its versatility.

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