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Void

Last Update: 2019-04-27 23:41 UTC


Void is an independently-developed, general-purpose operating system based on the monolithic Linux kernel. It features a hybrid binary/source package management system which allows users to quickly install, update and remove software, or to build software directly from sources with the help of the XBPS source packages collection. Other features of the distribution include support for Raspberry Pi single-board computers (both armv6 and armv7), rolling-release development model with daily updates, integration of OpenBSD's LibreSSL software, and native init system called "runit".

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 59 (191), 6 months: 46 (246), 3 months: 44 (245), 4 weeks: 56 (267), 1 week: 54 (242)

Average visitor rating: 9.08/10 from 137 review(s).


Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page https://www.voidlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/voidlinux
User Forums https://forum.voidlinux.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Main_Page
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.voidlinux.org/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2018: DistroWatchLinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2018-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-800 70-700 70-700
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce
Package Management XBPS XBPS XBPS
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Init Software runit runit runit
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List current 20181111 20171007
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.15.0) -- -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.157) -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.1) 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (67.0) 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.10) -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.5) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk (3.24.8) 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (19.04.1) -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 24 19
krita (4.1.8) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) -- -- --
linux (5.1.3) 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.15) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.0.4) 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.16) -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (430.14) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1b) -- -- --
perl (5.28.2) 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.5) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.5) -- -- --
postgresql (11.3) -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.12.3) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.10.3) -- -- --
systemd (242) -- -- --
thunderbird (60.7.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.1
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Version: 20181111
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-05-17
Votes: 0


I tried to install this on the internal eMMC of an HP Stream 11-ah117wm laptop, using the Xfce-based live image from a USB disk. The installer is very basic; I don't mind the interface, but it couldn't connect to my Wi-Fi after I entered the password (and I had to enter the SSID manually), and it doesn't provide for encrypted filesystems.

Unfortunately, the install failed at the GRUB stage with “unknown filesystem” with not much explanation of why, and dumped me back into a root shell. I was using what I thought was a pretty basic ESP+XFS partitioning scheme. I tried to put together my own chroot and fix it from there, but I got stuck and pretty much gave up.

I was looking into XBPS via digging into the source and the ports tree, and have mixed feelings about it; I didn't get to try it in practice. It looks mostly good, but my use case involves it being easy to add custom packages. xbps-rindex looks good for that, and the template format has some interesting features.

There's not that much documentation in general. Some of the documentation is out of date and still refers to voidlinux.eu, which can be a disproportionately annoying stumbling block occasionally.

It feels like the kind of distro I'll want to try again later if it gets some more polish.


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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-05-14
Votes: 5


Near perfect.

Had some small amount of leg work to do before things would work as I wanted, nothing system breaking though.

I installed the musl version out of curiosity, then installed i3, the end result is a super fast and super lightweight distribution, which gives me the flexibility I need for my daily tasks.

I love XBPS, it really is easy to use and the commands remind me of the BSD's.

Not much else to be said really, other than try Void out for yourself - If you have used Arch, or the BSD's then you will find Void to be very sane.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-05-11
Votes: 20


VOID Linux is a fast and modular distribution with various Desktop Environmetns available. it uses "runit" as init software which is simple to use yet powerful.
The user can determine what services should run at the background with a very simple command. In some ways it has a BSD feel to it.

PROS: Rolling release, install once and update without any issues
Up-to-date Kernel/software
Capable of building packages from the Source or just use Binaries
Choose between glibc or musl

CONS; Not enough Documentations or a dedicated Forum


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