The developers of the systemd-free Devuan GNU+Linux distribution have made a new release available for installation. This release offers four important updates, which start with it being based on Debian Bookwork (version 12). Next comes the kernel (version 6.1), which offers better support for newer hardware. Then, there’s rootless startx, which uses libseat1. Finally, you’ll find the Wayland GUI without the systemd elongind, which is used to track user sessions.
This release defaults to the Xfce 4.18 desktop but users can install GNOME 43 and/or KDE Plasma 5.27 from the distribution’s repositories.
You’ll also find Firefox ESR 102.13, LibreOffice 7.4.7, the Parole Media Player (version 4.16), and plenty of other applications.
The one thing to keep in mind is the installer isn’t nearly on par with what you’ll find with the likes of Ubuntu. Because of that, this distribution is probably best suited for experienced Linux users.
Devuan is a fork of Debian, created by a collective of veteran UNIX admins. First announced in 2015, the distribution came about due to the controversy surrounding systemd.