What is the meaning of the name "Devuan"?
(It is the "systemd"-less distribution forked from debian!)
The same way I wanted to know what debian means (and I was disappointed after I found out ^^) I would like to know what "Devuan" means.

Is it (like the naming-convention of their releases) a planet? (I didn't found that).
Sound like a dragon, but I don't think so.
Or does it have something to do with deviant?

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    Debian is a portmonteau of "Deborah loves Ian", Ian is the inventor of Debian. I do not know the answer, but there are a lot of play on words in Linux, my guess it that maybe some Dev... loves ...uan. – sharkant May 26 '17 at 17:03
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    The development group is named VUA (Veteran Unix Adminis) which are the middle letters of the name. But it might be a retronym from the name. – Barmar May 26 '17 at 18:25
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    @Barmar the VUA name was used (just) before Devuan, when the fork was still just debianfork.org (see this message). A few days later Devuan was announced, but the name wasn’t explained in the announcement. – Stephen Kitt May 26 '17 at 19:22
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    reddit.com/r/linux/comments/2nuhjb/… says "First of all, who are the "Veteran Unix Admins", or VUAs. VUAs are a group of individuals associated with a private forum, created around 3 years ago by a group of "old" sysadmins. These were all friends, mostly from the Milan area. The name comes from: infoworld.com/article/2623488/unix/… We had an internal definition, by which a VUA is someone who identifies in at least 5 (or better, 6) of the listed points." – eli May 27 '17 at 19:54

So from the comment and further search it seems, that it's Debian forked by some people who call them self Veteran Unix Administrators (see the comment to the question)

Debian + VUA = deVUAn


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    This is confirmed by the Devuan team page: “promoted by a large group of senior anonymous IT professionals that is known by the name of Veteran UNIX Admins, hence the VUA in the name.” – Stephen Kitt Jun 23 '17 at 5:26
  • thanks @StephenKitt - I searched their site before asking - maybe they added that information now?! (or I did not looked correctly) – eli Jun 23 '17 at 14:45
  • The page hasn’t changed recently (see the web archive) but I hadn’t noticed it either ;-). I just came across it while reading a thread on LWN and thought of this question. – Stephen Kitt Jun 23 '17 at 14:50

Perhaps the name comes from a typo? "v" is one character to the left of "b" and "u" is one character to the left of "i" on a QWERTY keyboard. I could see someone typing it by accident once and then deciding it's a good name.

  • Sounds plausible, but it means both hands were shifted to the left, since "i" is on the right side and "b" and "v" are on the left. Yet he didn't miss any of the other characters. But maybe he was hunting and pecking on a mobile device's keyboard, not touch typing. – Barmar May 26 '17 at 18:19

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