What distrowatch calls Debuan 2.1 in its weekly is also listed as a “fixed” release. Since when is anything based on Debian perceived as fixed unless it intentionally had its package management software released. Alternatively any live “image” is fixed unless you update its software. Should someone clarify what such terms mean to Distrowatch?
See, we can even defend the honor of those we openly have disliked in the past.
Devuan’s, not debuan’s, repositories for its 2.xx series based on Debian Stretch, is Ascii.
Next edition which is called Beowulf is still under testing, pkgs for which can be found on
As follows, current stable Debian is Buster, which would align with a future edition of Devuan as 3, while Debian’s testing would align with Devuan’s Chimaera, which doesn’t exist yet. But debian-sid/devuan-ceres exists. So before you manually set your repositories and pick and borrow software out of devuan make sure you understand all this because mixing debian’s software from a different edition with devuan’s from another may not work (probably will not).
Devuan 2 and 2.1 are still Ascii (stretch based), it is not Devuan 3 that has been long awaited. All this is not clear in Devuan’s instructions http://deb.devuan.org/devuan_mirror_walkthrough.txt so make sure you are clear on it. On the 4 identical above mirrors if you were to substitute org/devuan/ with ..org/merged/ you get a blend of the above plus screened debian repositories, which is what is prescribed.
What is important with 2.1 is that during installation you can officially pick between sysvinit and OpenRC as init and service management, after 2 years of being in the repositories OpenRC is getting official recognition by Devuan. Thanks to Refracta software developer and its patience with Debian like time-lag.
But s6 is available now on Debian, it is intentionally broken, but still exists in its past 2 versions in sid/unstable, testing, and stable. If this is not odd for Debian’s legacy of triple testing the functionality and stability of software before it is even placed in “unstable/sid”, what is? This way if Devuan, Antix (hence its MX derivative) wanted to place s6 in their repositories they would have to use alternative package naming causing all kinds of confusion for those wanting to try it. This is Debian’s attempt to open up to freedom and alternatives. It is if I write software calling /usr/bin/bash in the scripts but Debian places bash in /usr/share/lib/bash so it breaks. Then you can blame my script for not working, that intentional!
You know what open/free software really needs? A self organized governing body regulating what each can and can not do. Because the “oops, I am sorry excuses” seem to have totally run out. I thought I’d be the last to call for a regulating body, since GNU seems to have failed in their mission, Posix has remained a popular joke, there is no criminal offense by defamation of good software while serving “alterior motives and interests”.
Open and free now means I can vandalize your work and pretend I respect it. 5 large corporations have purchased linux and are running away with it, beware!