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#1 2019-06-30 18:25:53

kapqa
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Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

Hello ,

i am currently running Debian Wheezy and am wondering if there is an upgrade path for me to switch to Devuan Jessie.

The current Desktop Environment is Gnome3 and i have Radeon Fglrx Driver installed (which i would deinstall prior due to suggested non-compatibility with Jessie).



Thanks

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#2 2019-06-30 18:48:05

golinux
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

kapqa wrote:

Hello ,

i am currently running Debian Wheezy and am wondering if there is an upgrade path for me to switch to Devuan Jessie.

The current Desktop Environment is Gnome3 and i have Radeon Fglrx Driver installed (which i would deinstall prior due to suggested non-compatibility with Jessie).

Yes, there is!  You'll find documentation here.  I'm not 100% sure if you can go directly from Wheezy or need to upgrade to Debian Jessie first.  Gnome is a no-go so the suggestion is to switch to Xfce before the upgrade.  Devuan has the same firmware available as Debian.

Note that in sources.list, jessie-updates is no longer in use for old-stable so would throw errors.

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#3 2019-07-01 00:39:42

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

Yes, you can go from debian wheezy directly to devuan jessie. I've done it several times in the past year. (always with xfce)

Do it now if you're going to do it. You have about a week before jessie is retired. I heard that july 6 is the projected date.

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#4 2019-07-01 15:46:21

kapqa
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

Thanks, i am still considering to upgrade.
The Wheezy is Overall very satisfactorly Distribution, but sometimes i would Need newer packages like libc6 or other.
One Problem i noted with XFCE on Jessie is Problem with multimonitor as XFCE would not allow easily to extend the monitor onto two Monitors.
Has this issue been solved? What About switching to KDE?
Could i then from Jessie go straight to Beowulf or would i Need to upgrade to Ascii first?

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#5 2019-07-01 15:57:57

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

kapqa wrote:

One Problem i noted with XFCE on Jessie is Problem with multimonitor as XFCE would not allow easily to extend the monitor onto two Monitors.

Experiment with xrandr and/or lxrandr.  That should get things set up for you.

Has this issue been solved? What About switching to KDE?

KDE is available as an option - if you like bling and bloat.

Could i then from Jessie go straight to Beowulf or would i Need to upgrade to Ascii first?

Absolutely not.  You need to go through ascii to get to beowulf.

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#6 2019-07-01 16:45:12

kapqa
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

golinux wrote:

KDE is available as an option -

Is the same command needed as with Debian?

aptitude install ~t^desktop$ ~t^kde-desktop$   ?

Thanks

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#7 2019-07-01 19:54:11

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

kapqa wrote:
golinux wrote:

KDE is available as an option -

Is the same command needed as with Debian?

aptitude install ~t^desktop$ ~t^kde-desktop$   ?

Thanks

If that's the aptitude equivalent of apt-get install task-desktop task-kde-desktop then it should work.

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#8 2019-07-02 14:51:56

kapqa
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

If that's the aptitude equivalent of apt-get install task-desktop task-kde-desktop then it should work.


Thanks ,

i might try that out sometime later.

with a fresh install on Devuan Ascii (Graphical Install) the KDE would not install alongside XFCE. It did abort when choosing both options.
Only choosing default install would install normally.

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#9 2019-07-02 15:16:30

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

fsmithred wrote:

Do it now if you're going to do it. You have about a week before jessie is retired. I heard that july 6 is the projected date.

I was in a bit of a panic over this date but then found this nugget in a post on FDN:

Jessie support is now handled by the LTS team rather than Security team. You should be OK until June 30, 2020.

https://wiki.debian.org/LTS

Evidently June 6 is not a hard cutoff date for jessie so we have a little breathing room.

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#10 2019-07-02 18:42:02

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

kapqa wrote:
golinux wrote:

KDE is available as an option -

Is the same command needed as with Debian?

aptitude install ~t^desktop$ ~t^kde-desktop$   ?

Yes but you only need the second part, task-desktop is a dependency of task-kde-desktop.


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#11 2019-07-03 00:09:13

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

golinux wrote:

in a post on FDN:

Jessie support is now handled by the LTS team rather than Security team. You should be OK until June 30, 2020.

https://wiki.debian.org/LTS

Evidently June 6 is not a hard cutoff date for jessie so we have a little breathing room.

Thanks! I forgot about that - 2020.
(posted from devuan jessie)

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#12 2019-08-01 23:31:20

erdos
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

i received the following error when i tried upgarde from wheezy to devuan jessie
root@debian:~# apt-get update

Ign http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie/main Translation-en                     
Ign http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-security/main Translation-en_US         
Ign http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-security/main Translation-en            
Err http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-backports/main i386 Packages            
  404  Not Found
Ign http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-backports/main Translation-en_US        
Ign http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-backports/main Translation-en           
Fetched 7,587 kB in 15s (487 kB/s)                                             
W: GPG error: http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY BB23C00C61FC752C
W: GPG error: http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-security Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY BB23C00C61FC752C
W: Failed to fetch http://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/dists/jessie-updates/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/dists/jessie-backports/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
root@debian:/home/erdos# ^C
root@debian:/home/erdos#

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#13 2019-08-02 11:14:45

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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

W: GPG error: http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY BB23C00C61FC752C
W: GPG error: http://pkgmaster.devuan.org jessie-security Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY BB23C00C61FC752C

apt install devuan-keyring
And say 'yes' to the scary warning.


W: Failed to fetch http://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/dists/jessie-updates/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://pkgmaster.devuan.org/merged/dists/jessie-backports/main/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found

Remove jessie-updates and jessie-backports from your sources. They no longer exist.

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#14 2019-08-02 15:15:08

erdos
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Re: Upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Devuan Jessie

thank you, it's a success upgrade to Devuan Jessie after ignoring warning messages.

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