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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: 44 (239), 6 months: 46 (236), 3 months: 53 (219), 4 weeks: 54 (223), 1 week: 58 (217)

Average visitor rating: 9.05/10 from 148 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 --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2018: DistroWatchLinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2018-11-13: Distribution Release: Void 20181111
 • More Void releases...

  Headlines:
 •2019-05-20 Void community discusses PolicyKit access
 •2019-02-13 Void publishes update on domain status
 •2018-12-05 Void publishes tips and tricks
 •2018-05-01 Void team plans resource migration
 •2017-12-07 Advent of Void tutorials
 •2017-04-15 Void supports Flatpak
 • More Void headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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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 (9.15.4) -- -- --
chromium (77.0.3865.90) -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (69.0.1) 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (9.2.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.34.0) -- -- --
gnucash (3.7) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk (3.24.11) 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (19.08.1) -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 24 19
krita (4.2.6) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.1) -- -- --
linux (5.3) 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 (10.4.8) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.1.7) 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.17) -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.0) -- -- --
NVIDIA (435.21) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (13) -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1d) -- -- --
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.9) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.5) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- --
postgresql (11.5) -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.13.1) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.11.0) -- -- --
systemd (243) -- -- --
thunderbird (68.1.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.1
from 148 review(s)



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Version: 20181111
Rating: 2
Date: 2019-09-08
Votes: 0


I downloaded the LXDE desktop version.
Pros:
Loaded very quickly.

Cons:
The distro doesn't include a GUI text editor, and nor does the repository.
It has vi, but it didn't seem to be working properly, pressing ":" didn't change to command mode, so I couldn't save any changes
It didn't recognise the size of my monitor screen.
It didn't recognise my sound devices.

These things could be easily fixed, so why haven't they been fixed since November 2018?


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Version: 20181111
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-08-20
Votes: 58


Great OS. No un-ncessary packages out of the box. Very clean distro.


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Version: current
Rating: 6
Date: 2019-08-18
Votes: 4


I currently use Arch Linux.
I wanted to leave systemd. So, I seared for distros that are systemd free. There are very few distros as such.

By my requirements Void was the ideal choice to distro hop.

I think void is good, but requires few improvements to be better.


Pros:
* runit
* musl gcc
* independent distro, so no need to wait for some other distros to update packages.
* closer to Arch feel

Cons:
* ISO not updated since a long (not a big problem)
* Old forum got deleted (has small subreddit)
* Has very few Tier 1 mirrors
* falkon shows glitches in lxqt
* very small userbase
* Not as bleeding-edge as Arch
* xbps commands sometimes fail to work sometimes (but much faster than pacman)
* unintuitive installer (command line installer like Arch OR graphical installer like calamares should be preferred)
* RUNIT is not as fast as expected


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