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#1 Re: Off-topic » Show your desktop (rebooted) » 2021-10-30 13:46:04

hevidevi wrote:

looks good tylerdurden, i see you may or may not have an artix linux background image, nice! Or maybe its a similar image to what they have as default backgrounds in there distro??

Thanks! Not sure where I originally got the wallpaper but a reverse image search lead me here. I tried Artix only in a VM so far. Been using Devuan as my daily driver for a couple of years now.

EDIT: For those interested in the theme, it can be found here. I install it like this:

git clone &&
cd monochrome-kde && 
sudo bash --install

#2 Re: Installation » How to have updated firefox-esr in Chimaera? » 2021-10-29 22:30:59

I'll let it upgrade when the upgrade is due but I'm not looking forward to this given what I've seen from the new interface. Probably will be messing with profiles as well. Getting ready for more tweaking.

#3 Re: Off-topic » Show your desktop (rebooted) » 2021-10-29 21:50:45

Devuan 4 + KDE

Devuan 4 with SysV, a basic KDE setup and a dark theme. Did a fresh install of Chimaera, installed xorg followed by kde-plasma-desktop. Then I just install any additional software I need (LibreOffice, vlc, okular, Kate, etc) and purge "kdeconnect". Most desktop effects are disabled. Bluetooth is disabled. No NetworkManager. Wifi is handled with network/interfaces. VPN through a perl script invoking openvpn. Stable, simple, low on system resources and pleasing to the eyes (to mine at least).

Very pleased with this setup & Chimaera was well worth the wait!

#4 Re: Devuan » [SOLVED] chimaera (beta) running with dwm & i3wm: discoveries » 2021-09-08 12:38:27

For what it's worth, I installed Chimaera beta as a VBox VM last night to see whether the method I suggested to @manyroads works the way it does under Beowulf, changing the apt repository to:

deb bullseye contrib non-free

Unfortunately that didn't work as expected. Not sure if this is because Chimaera is still in beta.

virtualbox error

I did manage to install VirtualBox using

dpkg -i virtualbox*.deb

After adding $USER to the "vboxusers" group and a reboot, I noticed only 32-bit is available but I suspect this is simply because I was basically installing VirtualBox in a VirtualBox VM rather than on bare metal (same story with another distro).

@manyroads, for now it looks like you'll have to install the *.deb file using dpkg -i as fsmithred suggested.


Followed the instructions found over here. This time I did manage to install it from the VBox repo. It should look like this:

deb [arch=amd64] bullseye contrib

#5 Re: Devuan » [SOLVED] chimaera (beta) running with dwm & i3wm: discoveries » 2021-09-07 20:49:11

manyroads wrote:

Thanks @tylerdurden

You're welcome! Give it a shot & don't hesitate to let me know if it worked. I haven't tried it under Chimaera so far myself but I'll be looking into that later this week since it's in beta phase now.

#6 Re: Devuan » [SOLVED] chimaera (beta) running with dwm & i3wm: discoveries » 2021-09-06 21:09:36

manyroads wrote:

FWIW... the VBox from Oracle does not install a number of required packs like dkms, guest additions, etc. As for using flatpaks, appmage, snaps, etc. They're not really my cup of tea.

I just thought folks might like to know about all the manual tasks I uncovered in order to get things usable (in my situation).


Regarding virtualbox on Devuan, this is how I go about it (using a perl script):

Add the repository keys:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - 
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Add this to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb buster contrib non-free

Install kernel headers:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Update repositories and install virtualbox:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-6.1

Add $USER to vboxusers group:

sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers $USER

Logout and login again. Should work.

The extension pack can be downloaded from the Virtualbox website and installed manually from Virtualbox or on the command line:

sudo VBoxManage extpack install $file

If you're interested, I've created a perl script to automate this.

Hope this helps.

PS : screenshot

edit: tidied up some syntax

#7 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Devuan does not detect Huawei smartphone hardware! » 2021-06-11 15:28:01

The image you posted is no longer available but from what I've gathered you're using XFCE, right?
I'm assuming you want to access not just the phone's SD card but also its internal storage, correct?

As dice said, make sure you have these installed:


And make sure you're connecting your phone in "data transfer" mode or something along those lines.

Do repost the screenshot.

#8 Re: Off-topic » What other distro are you using (besides devuan)? » 2021-06-08 12:50:04

I stopped distro hopping years ago and since I don't care about using bleeding-edge software, I don't use rolling releases. I also don't use source-based distributions. So I find myself using Devuan (stable) exclusively on every single one of my machines with only a handful of backported packages installed. I've explored a few other distributions and the BSD family pretty thoroughly out of curiosity. Basically as a way of comparing how they work and as a learning experience. Saw no compelling reason to actually switch even though Slackware and OpenBSD did make a good impression on me. I'm sticking to Devuan as it suits my use case(s) very well.

#9 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Shutdown encrypted LVM on Beowulf » 2021-06-08 12:10:29

I keep a copy of that patch around on my machines in case I do a fresh reinstall. Has worked like a charm for me. Thanks for this!

#10 Re: Hardware & System Configuration » Devuan and OpenVPN » 2021-06-08 04:11:44

Micronaut wrote:

OK, I can get the OpenVPN client to connect with "openvpn --config [filename]" where [filename] is the Windows config file with a little bit of editing to change the client key name. Gotta have different keys for different clients. smile It works, but I'm stuck with an open terminal window while it's running. How can I transfer the settings in the config file to a Network Manager profile that will just add a line in the Network Connections panel?

I stopped using NetworkManager long ago but if you have


installed and the NetworkManager service is enabled and up and running then you should be able to just import an existing *.ovpn file using the menus provided by NM's graphical user interface.

That said, these days I just use a Perl script I wrote to select which server I want to connect to and run that in a terminal. Once it's connected, I generally just keep that terminal open. However, you *can* close the terminal just fine since the openvpn process will keep running in the background.

Let's say you hibernate or suspend your machine with the openvpn process still running. Once you resume your session, the process will still be there and it'll reconnect automatically. If you closed the terminal from which you started the process, no worries.

You can always check the connection by running something along these lines:

sudo watch 'lsof -i | grep openvpn'

I do this all the time these days and it works fine.

Hope this helps.

#11 Re: Documentation » Some security configuration after installation » 2021-06-08 03:50:25

Been using Devuan for about three years now and it powers every single one of my machines. I keep learning thanks to posts like these. Lots of goodies to add to my personal documentation there. Thanks a ton for sharing! 👍

#12 Hardware & System Configuration » NetworkManager connects to wireless but does not resolve » 2018-07-20 19:16:44

Replies: 1


When I installed Devuan ASCII, I configured my wireless network using the expert installer. While NetworkManger does connect, I have no actual Internet connection (can't ping).

I have to issue the following command to actually get it to work:

$ sudo dhclient wlan0

Only then /etc/resolv.conf is populated.

It's only a minor annoyance but I'd like to know how Devuan actually configures the network during installation so I can properly fix this.

I'd prefer to keep using NetworkManager rather than setting managing the network via /etc/network/interfaces (which apart from the loopback device has no entries).

Note that my system has network-manager 1.6.2 installed.


#13 Devuan » Which direction for OpenRC on Devuan? » 2018-07-19 22:11:50

Replies: 4

Hi all,

Aspiring sysadmin here and new Devuan user. Running ASCII as my daily driver after having used Debian Stretch for a while. I've used Linux on the desktop for years, mostly using RPM-based distros.

I'm very happy with Devuan because I basically get Debian without systemd. And it's a great way for me to familiarize myself with a traditional Linux environment while still having the power of Debian at my fingertips! In fact, I have a copy of the Debian Admin's Handbook on my desk as I write this. wink

That said, I was wondering where the Devuan project intends to take OpenRC. I'm far from an expert on the inner workings of the various init systems but from what I gather it seems that OpenRC may well become a contender to both systemd and SysV.

So here's my question: will OpenRC be adopted as the default init in future Devuan releases while still allowing SysV as an option, perhaps along with, say, runit?


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