How did it work for you?
It works good on a MacBook 4,2 and 9,1 BUT not without troubles.
What were your first impressions?
Compared with a Manjaro OpenRC, Void (runit) and a Kali (Debian based) extreme bad. I downloaded the DVD .iso with 4+ GB and thought, to get a live system like in the named distributions before.
My first question was, why a Void can do that with less then 700 MB ? Ok, runed the installer of Devuan. No chance to get b43 and / or ipheth to work for the installer. Continued the installation and, at installing the base system it was the end. Why ? The installer wants to check the version of the base system on the DVD against the repos. In short, no internet no install. Kali Linux has the same problem. It is not a complain against the Devuan project or developers but a user asks ... what should that ... with a *buntu or the above distributions you don't have this. Re-runed the installer with a pluged in ethernet cable no problems during installation. BUT again a big ? ... why I download a 4+ GB DVD .iso if the installer downloads the complete system / packages again ?
How can it be improved?
First, my personal opinion is, I like to know which people are behind the Devuan project ... sorry but a group of veteran unix admins is not enough to donate, provide a mirror, translate things (in my case German) and so on.
As Manjaro, provide a installer with non-free firmware or, provide the firmware in a extra download. It must not be a live dvd but it is really pain to get the files from somewhere. Or, add a working ipheth for the installer.
Add a local only install to the installer if everything is already on the DVD.
Feedback from the developers would be nice (also as personal message here if they don't want to post in the public). Please don't tell me you don't have time for that or todo more important things.
What I wrote sounds maybe like a bad day but, it is not meaned bad ... you ask, and I answered honestly.