Devuan 2 beta released
Actually it's already been 2 week since release but i guess i am not the only one who missed it and it's about fucking time.
On February 14th 2015, Devuan unveiled a "pre-alpha" Valentine release of Devuan Jessie  just a few months after the Veteran Unix Admins declared their intention to fork Debian on November 27th 2014 . That was the beginning of our collective journey. Now, three years later, Valentine's day has more love for the Devuan community. The long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta (minor planet nr. 3568) is here!
So what's new in Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta?
- OpenRC is installable using the expert install path (thanks Maemo Leste!)
- eudev has replaced systemd-udev (thanks Gentoo!)
- elogind has been added as an alternative to consolekit (thanks Gentoo!)
- Desktop users can choose among fully functional XFCE (Default), KDE, Cinnamon, LXQT, MATE, and LXDE desktops
- CLI-oriented users can select the "Console productivity" task that installs a fully-featured set of console-based utils and tools.
- A .vdi disk image is now provided for use with VirtualBox.
- ARM board kernels have been updated to 4.14 and 4.15 for most boards.
Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable is on the horizon
Although Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta has been powering thousands of servers and desktops for the last two years and been extensively tested by the Devuan community, it is being released as a beta because at Devuan we value involvement and feedback. So we want even more extensive testing of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta to confirm "when it is ready" to be called a Stable release.
Once Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable is released, our efforts will turn to Devuan 3.0 Beowulf (minor planet nr. 38086).
Download Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta
Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta at: http://files.devuan.org/devuan_ascii_beta/ Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta is available for amd64 and i386 in the following flavours: - installable live CD/DVD - installation CD/DVD - NETINST CDROM - installable minimal live - qcow/vagrant images
Virtual machines: https://files.devuan.org/devuan_ascii_beta/virtual/README.txt
Upgrade to Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta
Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta provides safe upgrade paths from Devuan 1.0 Jessie, Debian 8.x Jessie, Debian 9.x Stretch. Just follow the relevant instructions at: https://devuan.org/os/documentation/dev1fanboy/migrate-to-ascii https://devuan.org/os/documentation/dev1fanboy/upgrade-to-ascii
Feedback (we love that!)
If you try to install Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta from a DVD or CD setup please test it offline (i.e., without a network connection and without a configured mirror). If something goes wrong please try it online (i.e., with a network connection and a configured mirror). And then please report your findings to us including the list of packages as given by
dpkg -l | gzip -9 > packagelist.gzand the output of
cat /var/lib/pam/session > pamconfig.txt
Please get in touch with us through one of the community channels listed below or on freenode #devuan-dev for real-time interaction.
Information and contacts
Journalists please note: this announcement of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta release is mainly for internal testing not for wide redistribution. An announcement for the Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable release will hopefully follow very soon.
The dev1 team
 You can find an archive of the pre-alpha Valentine release message here: https://lists.dyne.org/lurker/message/20180213.205150.929bbd85.en.html