I have been using #Devuan on #Virtualbox for while when I decided to change distro because Devuan is stuck in the transition of #Xfce4 to the newer version.
Hence I decided to to some (virtual) #distrohopping, to find a replacement, mainly #rollingdistro but I started with #Fedora.
With Fedora the installation was fine just a small issue to make the shared folders working. But afterward I decided to move on rolling system and I selected #Manjaro!
What unpleasant experience with #Manjaro, to much bloated, the shared folders didn't work out of the box neither following the Majaro wiki nor the Arch Linux wiki. Hence I decided to move on #Arch Linux.
The experience with #Arch was quite short didn't have time to make a manual installation, it was a shame but I couldn't. So I tried with #clearlinux.
Clear Linux worked fine with #Gnome3 was but it was to heavy hence I tried to install Xfce4 but I was unable to find a bundle to make working the shared folders hence I moved over.
#Opensuse #Tumbleweed and #SolusOS were unconsidered because not really suitable for a virtual machine with few resources available, and then I returned to the origin and I installed #Debian.
With #Debian I opted for a minimal installation, preferring Slim over Lightdm, and deactivating the suggested packages, the result is a very responsive system way more faster than Devuan. Shared folders worked out-of-the-box, just adding the user to the right group.
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I am using Devuan Testing as daily driver on a Virtual Machine every day as main desktop for almost everything and I am a bit concerned about something that might become a real issue.
For its entire cycle and even when Debian Buster was released at every update I have been having this output:
The following packages have been kept back: elogind libelogind0 libpam-elogind
These three packages that are fundamentals for Devuan haven't received an updated for at least one year, this is not really the best practice to make an operative system safe. This three packages are a vulnerability and make Devuan a distro unsafe to use on any scenario.
I hope they are doing to make something to improve the security of Devuan keeping these three packages updated and safes.
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Hence I decided to install another Debian derivative and just because I am a huge fan of #systemd I installed #Devuan testing plus #runit as init system and let me say that, even if I also encrypted the virtual disk, the distro runs like a charm and it is somehow faster than Raspberry PI with systemd, the boot is faster and generally the DE is quite performing. I always thought that Xfce has been always superior than Lxde, so it was not a surprise that feelings I am having.
Also the use of Slim instead of Lightdm makes the distro faster after the login, as a matter of fact lightdm is another bottleneck. The sensation is the OS is more responsive even because runit, which just works as an init...
I'll keep you posted about Devuan and runit!
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