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.

Source Code

source code is the human-readable form of a program. Computers usually interpret binary code specific to the processor’s instruction set that is compiled from source code. Access to the source code is a pre-condition for exercising software freedom.


All Devuan-specific source code is available via Devuan’s git store.

Each package that is changed from Debian has its own repository in the devuan-packages group on the git store. Devuan packages deliver the code in binary form and can be built from the source code provided in this group.


Devuan packages are 100% free software and belong to the main section. See licensing information on the Free Software page for an overview of licenses and refer to each package for specific license terms.

Devuan also provides non-free-firmware, contrib and non-free packages from Debian though we don’t recommend using them:

But sometimes you don’t have a choice. If your machine requires non-free firmware to run, some computing is better than none. You should be aware that non-free firmware may contain undisclosed functionality that may be used against you (backdoors or spyware) and there’s little chance to discover it as the source code is not available for review. Using non-free software means to trust the vendor not only to be cooperative but also not to be coerced into shipping insecure or malevolvent code.

Proprietary software licenses (non-free) may grant the vendor explicit or implicit rights beyond what the law requires from you as a user such as copyright waivers for content created using the program or the ability for the vendor to use your image or sell your private information. Please consult a lawyer before choosing to relinquish your freedom.


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