Systemd-Free Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 Distro Released for Freedom Lovers

Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1

The Devuan GNU/Linux project announced today the release and general availability of Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 as the first update in the latest Devuan GNU/Linux 3.0 “Beowulf” operating system series.

Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 comes nine months after the release of the Devuan GNU/Linux 3.0 series to provide the freedom loving community with up-to-date ISO images in case they need to reinstall the system or deploy the systemd-free distribution on new computers.

While Devuan GNU/Linux 4.0 “Chimaera” is still in the works, Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 brings updated desktop-live, server, and minimal-live ISO images powered by the Linux 4.19 LTS kernel from Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series.

The biggest change in this release is the availability of the runit init scheme in the installer, alongside existing OpenRC and SysVinit options. runit was already available as an alternative to /sbin/init since the release of the Devuan GNU/Linux 3.0 “Beowulf” series.

In addition, the installer now recommends the as default mirror for fetching packages, and lets you use an alternate bootloader to GRUB, such as LILO, along with the ability to exclude non-free firmware, from the Expert install options.

This release also ships with a new package (debian-pulseaudio-config-override) that promises to address issues with the PulseAudio sound system being off by default, the Mozilla Firefox 78.7 ESR web browser, LightDM 1.26 login manager, and many other updated core components and apps.

You can download Devuan GNU/Linux 3.1 right now from the official website as Desktop Live, Minimal Live, Server, and Netinstall images for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Unfortunately, the ARM and virtual images have not been updated in this release.

Existing Devuan GNU/Linux 3.0 users don’t need to download the new ISOs, but ensure their installations are up to date at all times by running the sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade command in a terminal emulator.

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