Dear dev1rs

the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!

On February 14th 2015, Devuan unveiled a "pre-alpha" Valentine release
of Devuan Jessie [1] just a few months after the Veteran Unix Admins
declared their intention to fork Debian on November 27th 2014 [2].
That was the beginning of our collective journey. Now, three years
later, Valentine's day has more love for the Devuan community.  The
long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta (minor planet nr. 3568)
is here!

## So what's new in Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta?

- OpenRC is installable using the expert install path
   (thanks Maemo Leste!)

- eudev has replaced systemd-udev (thanks Gentoo!)

- elogind has been added as an alternative to consolekit
  (thanks Gentoo!)

- Desktop users can choose among fully functional XFCE (Default), KDE,
  Cinnamon, LXQT, MATE, and LXDE desktops

- CLI-oriented users can select the "Console productivity" task that
  installs a fully-featured set of console-based utils and tools.

- A .vdi disk image is now provided for use with VirtualBox.

- ARM board kernels have been updated to 4.14 and 4.15 for most

## Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable is on the horizon

Although Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta has been powering thousands of servers
and desktops for the last two years and been extensively tested by the
Devuan community, it is being released as a beta because at Devuan we
value involvement and feedback. So we want even more extensive testing
of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta to confirm "when it is ready" to be called a
Stable release.

Once Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable is released, our efforts will turn to
Devuan 3.0 Beowulf (minor planet nr. 38086).

## Download Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta

**Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta at:**
**Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta is available for amd64 and i386 in the
  following flavours:**

 - installable live CD/DVD
 - installation CD/DVD
 - installable minimal live 
 - qcow/vagrant images


**Virtual machines:**

## Upgrade to Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta

Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta provides safe upgrade paths from Devuan 1.0
Jessie, Debian 8.x Jessie, Debian 9.x Stretch. Just follow the
relevant instructions at:

## Feedback (we love that!)

If you try to install Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta from a DVD or CD setup
please test it offline (i.e., without a network connection and without
a configured mirror). If something goes wrong please try it online
(i.e., with a network connection and a configured mirror).  And then
please report your findings to us including the list of packages as
given by `dpkg -l | gzip -9 > packagelist.gz` and the output of `cat
/var/lib/pam/session > pamconfig.txt`

Please get in touch with us through one of the community channels
listed below or on freenode #devuan-dev for real-time interaction.

## Information and contacts

IRC: #devuan (freenode)

Journalists please note: this announcement of Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta 
release is mainly for internal testing not for wide redistribution.
An announcement for the Devuan 2.0 ASCII Stable release  will 
hopefully follow very soon.

happy hacking!

The dev1 team

[1] You can find an archive of the pre-alpha Valentine release message here:

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