According to the “officially official” devuan forum administrator, FigOS is not a Devuan derivative because it is also based on Refracta and another distribution (puppy). I run FigOS live, the latest version 2.6 and I really was looking for the puppy aspects of it, since it is not Devuan, which I have been keeping a distance of. I am not too much of a fun of iceWM and gdm and xfce4 stuff, so I transfromed every desktop part into my familiar openbox. I left everything else in tact. It installed as reliably and easily as anything utilizing the Refracta tools marvel. Nothing else works as reliably as this installer.
The active repositories in this 2.6 version are all devuan, actually the older ones before pkgmaster. No other repositories that were active were found, and nothing from puppy. As far as we can tell at least. There were a few inactive repositories of non-systemd software that have yet to be explored. There were also a few “local” programs stored in /usr/local/bin that seemed very useful in any distribution and one can be surprised they are not in many. But more details on the FigOS peculiarities will come later after a more careful inspection. All 32bits of it seem definitely interesting.
In its Refracta nature and whether its modifications would last through upgrades we did the following test. We shifted Jessie into ascii (currently testing but promised to be stable, soon.). Before much of upgrade took place we first upgraded apt, which will be doing the upgrade. With upgrades in larger leaps we believe it is best to do this first, otherwise a first massive upgrade will require a second upgrade after apt has been altered itself. We also installed eudev, in place of devuan’s udev (a hybrid of eudev), libeudev, and also OpenRC, which we believe is a step forward in the classic sysvinit system. The system rebooted as instructed by OpenRC and replacing sysv-rc and run, before it actually was in ascii. Most of it was still in its jessie structure. A good sign of resilience. Then we upgraded to ascii which took a while. Then we installed the latest linux 4.9 i686-pae and headers and rebooted. The system booted faster and cleaner than jessie.
So, the moral of the story is that FigOS is refracta at heart, despite of any modifications, and its 1 year old age (2.6) does not show any problems in rolling as a release. Yes it takes time to upgrade as expected, and is as capable at least as any Refracta would be. But, officially it is not Devuan. We could produce an iso and publish it ourselves as a fork, and someone might say it is not refracta because it is based on FigOS, which is not Devuan. But we are not in the distro producing business.
We are users testing and communicating to and with users. And this one is exactly what we thought, despite of what Devuan may say about it. Whether users like to combine useful aspects of various distributions, and not care about disto-clean pedigree and certification, is the true nature of unix/linux systems. We believe that FigOS is trying to teach some this when it seems to have been forgotten. If it is open and it is free it should be encouraged to develop your own system. Just don’t expect much of support in hybrids when things break down. This is the part of free we understand in open and free gnu linux.
We might take a step backawards, back to 1.8-1.9 which we believe FigOS was equally as much puppy or refracta. And we will talk about that one too. Enjoy!