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 ASCII 2.0.0 stable release

Dear Init Freedom Lovers

Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!

We are happy to announce that Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0 ASCII Stable is finally available.

Devuan is a GNU+Linux distribution committed to providing a universal, stable, dependable, free software operating system that uses and promotes alternatives to systemd and its components.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII runs on several architectures. Installer CD and DVD ISOs, as well as desktop-live and minimal-live ISOs, are available for i386 and amd64. Ready-to-use images can be downloaded for a number of ARM platforms and SOCs, including Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, OrangePi, BananaPi, OLinuXino, Cubieboard, Nokia and Motorola mobile phones, and several Chromebooks, as well as for Virtualbox/QEMU/Vagrant.

The Devuan 2.0 ASCII installer ISOs offer a variety of Desktop Environments including Xfce, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXQt, with others available post-install. The expert install mode now offers a choice of either SysVinit or OpenRC as init system. In addition, there are options for “Console productivity” with hundreds of CLI and TUI utils, as well as a minimal base system ideal for servers. The minimal-live image provides a full-featured console-based system with a particular focus on accessibility.

The desktop-live images are the recommended option for people wanting to explore and easily install Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable, and also for the press and those interested in reviewing the default Xfce desktop.

The efforts of Devuan developers are now focused on the third Devuan release codenamed Beowulf (Planet nr. 38086). Preliminary installer images should be ready for testing soon.

We would like to thank the entire Devuan community for the continued support, feedback, and collaboration.


Devuan 2.0 ASCII images are available for download at:

and from the ISO mirrors listed at:

The latter URL also includes information about the official Devuan package repositories.

Release Notes

Devuan 2.0 Stable Release notes include brief installation and upgrading instructions, as well information on desktop session management with the introduction of eudev and elogind, and on the new mirror network accessible through “”.

The Devuan ASCII release notes are available at:


Direct and easy upgrade paths from Devuan Jessie, Debian Jessie, and Debian Stretch to Devuan 2.0 ASCII are available.

Upgrade from Devuan Jessie:

Migrate from Debian Jessie or Stretch:

The following will be enough to upgrade if you are already using Devuan ASCII Beta or Devuan ASCII RC: apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

Devuan Derivatives

Devuan is a reliable base system chosen as a base by many derivative distributions. We are proud of the growing community of enthusiastic developers benefiting from Devuan, and would like to acknowledge some recent efforts based on Devuan ASCII:

Refracta: an installable live for home computing and rescue tasks

MIYO: featuring an Awesome desktop

FluXuan: built around Fluxbox

Maemo Leste: for mobile phones and tablets, including Nokia N900/N950, Motorola Droid 4, Allwinner, and more

DecodeOS: to build micro-services on anonymous network clusters over hidden Tor services

A list with more Devuan derivatives can be found at:

Services offering Devuan

Devuan is a snappy, stable base for virtual server applications. Several providers offer ready-to-install Devuan images on their platforms, including:

Data Center Light: operated by a bunch of cool folks keen to give back to the Devuan community. They have organised Devuan hackatons and have had special offers in place on Devuan VMs

OpenNebula: offers Devuan ASCII guest images off their marketplace and for free



We wish to thank all of you for the incredible support given to this development effort, which continues to make Devuan a useful and reliable base distribution as well as a pleasant and cooperative community.

To support the Devuan project you can donate at: (includes financial reports)

or take up one of the tasks listed at:

happy hacking ;^)

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