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Void

Last Update: 2018-11-27 22:50 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".

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Average visitor rating: 9.12/10 from 121 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/
Bug Tracker --
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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2018-11-27 2017-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)   300-800 70-700 70-700
Free Download XBPS ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode 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 XBPS
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture aarch64, armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Init Software runit runit runit runit
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.7 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.5) 9.11.5 -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.98) 70.0.3538.110 -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.9 -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (64.0.2) 63.0.3 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.4 -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.28 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.30.2 -- -- --
gnucash (3.4) 3.3 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.4) 3.24.1 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.3 -- -- --
k3b (18.12.1) 18.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 25 24 19
krita (4.1.7) 4.1.5 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.4) 6.1.3 -- -- --
linux (4.20.3) 4.19 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.12) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.3.2) 18.2.5 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.14) 5.6.38 -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.30.4 -- -- --
NVIDIA (415.27) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (11.0.1) 8u202b00 -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1a) -- -- -- --
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.1) 7.2.12 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.5) 5.14.3 -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) 3.3.1 -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 9.6.11 -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.9.4) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (240) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.4.0) 60.3.0 -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.4 -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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9.1
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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-19
Votes: 7


VOID is no longer a Linux best-kept secret, climbing up the ladder at DW is some indicator of that. VOID is undoubtedly a very fine experience and a towering example of what KISS and FOSS are all about. Have an Openbox and Xfce install on my multi-drive desktop PC, Currently at 4.19-16 and running smoothly as silk.

Normally don't become this excited over any distribution, but it is systemd-free and uses runit which is a target choice for me. Love Arch and VOID is similar, noobie would have no problem with a guided-install as mentioned in an earlier post below. Not bloated, super fast and responsive.

No negative findings, so no Cons!

Very happy with VOID, give it a test drive!




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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-18
Votes: 0


Last weekend I replaced Slackware 14.2 with Void because slackware 14.2 is getting too old for my needs and KDE plasma (Alienbob pkgs) are not supported for the stable version of Slackware.


Therefore I needed something similar (without systemd), but fast and over my control. After one week of searches and testing I stay with artix, redcore and void.
I tried with artix but some problems with the installation made me desist. Then I tried redcore and everything went smooth but how it is a gentoo fork most of the software must be compiled and of course it consumes a lot of time. I like to customize my linux distros, for instance I prefer refind instead of grub. This little change in redcore brokes the system so finally I move to Void.

Void is great, very customizable with few issues in my experience (I use the latest KDE plasma). One thing that I am facing now is the lack of software to be installed, but for the most users I think it is a distro for using daily day.



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Version: current
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-01-10
Votes: 5


First I have to say that I would really like to continue using this distro, and definitely will until I can properly configure a certain other distro (Arch) with runit.

Void's main appeal is its init system runit. While many people are content with whatever init EXCEPT systemd, runit actually has at least one real advantage: speed. I have two machines with relatively similar hardware, and the one running arch takes roughly a minute to boot to the tty, the one with Void installed takes only 17 seconds. The tty also shows you what's going on with your init instead of hiding it and just leaving you with a blank login.
Enabling services with runit is also as easy as creating symbolic links for each service. Speaking as someone relatively new to GNU/Linux, this is all I really have to say, though I have heard other's praise other aspects of runit which are a little over-my-head.

It's package manager is also... very good, but also the main issue. It's very simple and very fast. It also has most tools available in the main repo. There is also an official github repo if you want to build things yourself. However:
1. I have yet to find anything in it that isn't in the main repo, i.e. something that the package manager, xbps, could handle for you.
2. It is official, so limited to what the maintainers add.

The main problem is that you will have to find and configure some things yourself. For instance, installing TeX packages on other distros is incredibly simple, but Void's repo only has the base package.

I'll close up with another good thing about void: it has a guided installer!


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