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 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.
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.
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!