The transition from Debian to systemd was one of the most dramatic and rude episodes in GNU / Linux history. The init (although it pretends to be more than that) driven mainly by Red Hat continues to arouse much rejection, especially among those who defend a purer application of Unix concepts.
When the decision to adopt systemd became final there were two consequences. One, Ubuntu was swept away and decided to adopt systemd, sportingly accepting Canonical’s defeat in pushing Upstart. Two, a fork was created from Debian itself that keeps sysvinit as init by default: Devuan.
Recently has appeared They return ASCII 2.0.0, the latest version of this distribution that aims to keep GNU / Linux close to the orbit of Unix. Users have a variety of installation media at their disposal that span different architectures, such as i386 (32-bit x86); amd64 (x86 64-bit); the ARM devices Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, OrangePi, BananaPi, OLinuXino, Cubieboard, Nokia and Motorola smartphones; some Chromebooks; and the Virtual machines VirtualBox, QEMU and Vagrant. As desktop environments we find Xfce, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon and LXQt, among others.
Installation in expert mode offers the choice between OpenRC and sysvinit as system init. For productivity from the console includes hundreds of utilities through interfaces CLI and TUI and minimal installation allows better adaptation to server environments. The minimal live image offers a complete console-based system focused on accessibility.
Devuan ASCII 2.0.0 comes with the intention continue the concept that GNU / Linux should stick to Unix, which many defend, especially among system administrators. If the previous version adopted the code name of its mother distribution, this time it has chosen to use its own, perhaps with the purpose of having more identity and making the world see that Devuan is much more than a fork. Those who want to know all the details can consult the release notes.