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#1 Re: News & Announcements » How you can help Devuan » 2020-04-26 04:01:11

golinux wrote:

@Mercurius . . . You didn't say which mirror you would like to host so posting both:
iso mirror setup
package mirror setup has a link (You can seed our Release Torrents) that is 404 doesn't have the usual "Webmaster" link, so if anyone from the project reads this, maybe they can fix it

#2 Hardware & System Configuration » Virtualbox 6.1 on Beowulf x64 beta » 2020-04-26 03:57:16

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This works the same way as the official Virtualbox instructions for Debian, but hopefully it may help some Devuan users who aren't sure:
* Intel/AMD 64-bit architecture
* Current Virtualbox 6.1

Manual download and installation as root (requires manual updating with "wget" and "dpkg -i"):

apt-get install -y gcc make perl
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
# Check to see if there's a newer version
dpkg -i virtualbox-6.1_6.1.6-137129~Debian~buster_amd64.deb
apt-get --fix-broken install

Installation via apt-get (easier to keep up to date):

sudo su -c 'wget -q -O- | apt-key add -'
echo "deb [arch=amd64] buster contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-get update
# Check for latest version or use: apt-cache search virtualbox
sudo apt-get install -y virtualbox-6.1 

#3 Other Issues » Boot time with Beowulf and SysVInit » 2020-04-26 02:59:18

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I quickly searched the forum and didn't see other recent comments on that so I'll make a new post: I'm very happy about the shorter boot time with Devuan. A minimal VM boots in less than 4 seconds (if I use static IP; open-vm-tools didn't make much difference either way - as far as I can tell it doesn't visibly extend or shorten boot time - but I install it for better manageability).
DHCP IPs do add several seconds and double boot time to close to 10 seconds, which is somewhat surprising because I expected on second boot the same address would be obtained. Later I realized it's not DHCP per se, but if open-vm-tools are installed, ethtool is installed as well, and that's what starts adding to boot time even after open-vm-tools is removed. If I remove ethtool, boot time remains fast (with a tiny bit added due to open-vm-tools). Edit: boot time difference vs systemd distros isn't huge or even quantified (I had problems finding tools that measure that for SysVInit so I looked at dmesg output), but it feels slighly faster and I install and reboot OS a lot so I like that.

I haven't used Devuan before so I  was looking for a skinny on SysVInit but it wasn't easy to find. Arch Linux has a pretty good page but it's no longer maintained because they have moved to systemd. Gentoo's is very dense and developer-oriented. Fedora (not listed) has a cheatsheet which can be used in reverse, but sadly it seems to not apply to Debian-like distros).
Considering that SysVInit (and other alternatives available in Devuan) are the main distinguishing characteristic of Devuan among Debian-like distros, SysVInit how-to's or at least the basics, should be easily available.

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