This page provides general usage and information about Devuan. These are the basics that everybody should know if they want to use Devuan, and is intended to be suitable for anybody not already familiar with Debian.
Jessie (stable release, equivalent to Debian Jessie)
Ascii (equivalent to Debian Stretch)
Ceres (equivalent to Debian Sid)
Differences from Debian
Devuan removes systemd as the default init, and does not rely on systemd-shim to avoid using systemd. As of the Ascii release we are using eudev as the default device manager instead of udev, as it's now part of the systemd sources. We also include some custom changes of our own, such as artwork and theming, free software developed within our community and some packages suitable for our user base.
Getting and verifying installation images
Find and download your image(s) from files.devuan.org or one of the mirrors. You should also download the SHA256SUMS and SHA256SUMS.asc files from the same directory as the images.
In order to boot from your new install media you will have to change the BIOS boot order. It's not possible to cover the exact steps for doing this as every BIOS is different. You need to enter the BIOS or UEFI interface and change the boot order so that CD/DVD-ROM or USB drives come before hard disk drives. Entering the BIOS is usually as simple as pressing the Delete key before POST.
The friends of Devuan wiki has an install guide you can follow for installing from your bootable media. Since it's become a little outdated please follow it with care, and as always remember to backup your data first!
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