Wanting install a fast, low-memory consuming Linux system on your box? just read on...

Debian GNU Linux is an OS that works 100% of the time, and is fast, stable and powerful... Made by developers from around the world who contribute their skills for free and also keep it free for everyone... it's so well made that some popular Linux 'distros' are built on it such as Ubuntu and Mint. Debian has a choice of 'Live CS's and such that you can just run or install, but I much prefer building it myself from the base upm and that's what these notes are to help with.

In 2016, a change took place in Debian when it was voted to switch to a complex start-up daemon called systemd and the old 'init' start-up scripts that were easy to customise were scrapped, leaving practically no choice on the matter to debian users (which opens the controversy about systemd as Debian is meant to be about freedom of choice). The new daemon is also extremely difficult to learn and also it can't easily be bypassed as so many other programs depend on it. Trying to run Debian on the old sysinit is now nigh impossible.

Finding systemd running after upgrading to Debian Jessie came as a little surprise and I tried everything I could to remove it, as the reason I chose Debian was to be free of lock-ins. While I succeeded at the time, I was then left unable to install any program that depended on systemd. After that I came to Devuan, a Debian branch that keeps systemd out of everything. Sysinit is able to operate like before and any system or software package that needs systemd is repackaged by Devuan maintainers in order to exclude it. All other packages are simply mirrored from the Debian software repositories. Release code names are different to Debian and it is not possible (since Jessie) to dist-upgrade from Debian to Devuan.

So here are the steps necessary to get Devuan installed and configured, which is practically no different to installing Debian. The only differences are: lines in packages sources file, systemd negative pinning, and location of the ISO downloads.

With Debian/Devuan the days of a hanging system chewing on memory are gone.'s time to format those Windoze partitions!

... On the next page, getting started by downloading a Netinstall CD or Live CD from the web...

The Net-install CD gives you the base system. After that, you can install whatever else that you need from the 1000's of packages in the Debian repository, using a few simple commands. I've kept my package lists pretty minimal, and I'm conscious of choosing low-memory consuming apps where possible and avoiding massive bloat of libraries (for example I stay away from KDE and gnome). This is the fun way to install, building the desktop how you would prefer it, but you do need a lot more time to get it running and also some command-line ability. You'll also need to look on-line for answers if you run into any problems.

If you're really new to Linux you could get a Debian/Devuan system running quite easily by using a Live CD with a full Desktop Environment included (though it will be a much bigger download).

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