Devuan Beowulf 3.0 is the Latest Stable Release Based on Debian 10.4 Buster (and Free From systemd)

Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian without systemd. If you are wondering what’s wrong with systemd — that’s a discussion for another day.

But, if you are someone who wanted a systemd-free Linux distribution, the release of Devuan Beowulf 3.0 should be good news for you.

Devuan Beowulf 3.0: What’s New?

Devuan Beowulf

Devuan is normally appreciated for providing alternative init software such as SysV.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the key highlights in Devuan Beowulf 3.0.

Based on Debian 10.4 Buster

Debian 10 Buster is undoubtedly an impressive series of releases while Debian 10.4 being the latest.

And, with Devuan Beowulf 3.0, you’ll be happy to know that the release is based on the latest Debian 10.4 Buster update.

In case you aren’t aware of it, you may check out the official announcement post for Debian 10.4 Buster release to know more about it.

Linux Kernel 4.19

It’s also a great addition to have Linux Kernel 4.19 LTS baked in the latest release.

Of course, not the latest because we are in ‘Debian land’ and things are not always latest here but more stable. The new kernel should fix several issues that you may have had with previous releases.

Support For ppc64el Architecture

The support for ppc64el may not be a big deal for the most part — but having the support for PowerPC and Power ISA processors is a plus.

Not to forget, Devuan GNU+Linux already supports i386, amd64, armel, armhf and arm64 architectures.

Added runit & OpenRC as optional alternative

To consider more init software alternatives, runit and openrc is now an option in the latest release.

Other Changes

In addition to the key highlights mentioned above, you will also find the addition of standalone daemons eudev and elogind.

The boot screen, the display manager and the desktop theming also includes subtle changes. For example, the boot menu says “Debian” instead of “Devuan“.

You might want to look the official release notes if you want more technical details on the changes with Devuan Beowulf 3.0.0.


Devuan releases are named after minor planets. Beowulf is a minor planet numbered 38086.

Wrapping Up

The latest stable release of Devuan Beowulf 3.0 counts as good progress with systemd-free distributions available out there.

If you want to support Devuan project, please make some contribution to their project either financially or by other means.

What do you think about this release? Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!

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  • When RedHat adopted systemd, it pretty much became the defacto standard init system. RedHat is arguably the most important Linux vendor out there, and a lot of distributions are both based on it, and focused on compatibility with it. Unlike most times in the history of Linux when people argued, disagreed, and forked everything in a hundred directions, within a surprisingly short time all the major distributions got on board. While the theoretical arguments pro and con are interesting, the reality is that all the major vendors consider systemd to be a net benefit, and in the interest of compatibility across systems and software, it’s here to stay.

  • Before switching to Linux, I tested about 4 dozen of the ‘bigger’, more popular, Linux distros. I found that the ones with the FEWEST issues were running systemd. Linux Mint/Cinnamon was the ONLY distro that had absolutely no issues at all and worked consistently out-of-box every time I installed it. Linux Mint uses systemd. So… here’s the thing. People can rant and rave about how bad systemd is until they’re blue in the face, but until Linux Mint, and/or most distros that have adopted systemd, go belly up because of systemd, I will continue to use systemd. It has worked fine for me for four years now, and it appears that more and more distros are adopting it BECAUSE it work fine.

    • It all comes down to what the user prefers— of course.

      This release is meant for the users who do not want systemd, irrelevant of whether it’s a good thing or not.

  • I like it. It seems to load faster without systemd, but I can’t actually measure it. How can I compare the loading specs for 2 versions of Linux?

  • Great article.

    Please discuss “If you are wondering what’s wrong with systemd — that’s a discussion for another day.”

    Today is another day. ….