The Systemd-Free Debian Fork Celebrates Its Second Birthday
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 28 November 2016 at 09:14 AM EST. 82 Comments
Devuan, the Debian fork that frees the system of systemd, is now two years old.

Yesterday marked two years since the announcement of the systemd-free Debian fork, Devuan.

Two years going, this Linux OS that aims for "Init Freedom" isn't the most vibrant distribution out there. When's the last time you've heard of Devuan or even used it yourself? This year much of the systemd "hate" seems to have calmed down compared to prior years, although new features continue to be tacked onto systemd. Here's an interesting Google Trends comparison for those interested.

Earlier this year marked the Devuan 1.0 beta release that happened in April and as of yet Devuan Jessie 1.0 has yet to be officially released.

Those wanting to catch up on Devuan can visit

What's your hopes for Devuan moving forward? What do you hope to see of systemd in 2017? Share your thoughts with us in the forums.
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