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#1 2016-12-03 18:31:59

Registered: 2016-12-01
Posts: 20  

Upgrading from Jessie to ASCII

Sometimes, hardware drivers require one to dist-upgrade and use the Testing branch. This happened to me when I purchased my latest laptop (HP Probook 4540s). The issue was 3D acceleration failed.

The Procedure:

  1. Boot your installation of Devuan Jessie and open /etc/apt/sources.list with nano or whatever text editor you prefer. Do this as root.

  2. In the text, replace any occurrences of the word "jessie" with "ascii". At the end save your work.

  3. Do an update as follows

    apt-get update
  4. Upgrade the kernel, dpkg, apt and aptitude. This may pull many other packages. Don't worry, it happened to me. In the case of the kernel you will need to check which version is available for ASCII. Make sure you install that one.
    You may get the possible kernel versions as follows:

    apt-get install linux-image

    When you know which kernel version is to be installed, run

    apt-get install linux-image-version dpkg apt aptitude

    "version" stands for a kernel version number.

  5. Reboot.

  6. In a terminal and outside the graphical environment, do a dist-upgrade as follows:

    apt-get dist-upgrade

    This will pull a very long list of packages.

  7. When the installation is ready, reboot.

Please, be informed that some packages may fail to install due to the fact ASCII is in active development. In that case, my advice is to remove the broken packages and try to compile them from source.

Last edited by edbarx (2016-12-03 19:57:51)


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