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DistroWatch.com: Void

Void

Last Update: 2017-06-24 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".

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 125 (80), 6 months: 114 (101), 3 months: 112 (99), 4 weeks: 77 (132), 1 week: 110 (74)

Average visitor rating: 9.27/10 from 26 review(s).


Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page http://www.voidlinux.eu/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/voidlinux
User Forums https://forum.voidlinux.eu/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Main_Page
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.voidlinux.eu/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: DistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20150221
Release Date 2017-06-24 2015-02-21
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
CDs -- 1
Free Download XBPS ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce
Package Management XBPS XBPS
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs
Multilingual    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List current 20150221
Package current 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 --
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.11.1-P1) 9.10.5 --
chromium (59.0.3071.109) 58.0.3029.110 --
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5 --
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.42.12
firefox (54.0) 54.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.8) 2.8 2.5.5
gcc (7.1.0) 6.3.0 --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 --
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.21
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.24.2 --
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.16 --
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.34 --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.16) -- 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.26) 2.4.25 --
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 --
k3b (17.04.2) 2.0.3a --
kmod (24) 24 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.3.4) 5.3.3.2 --
linux (4.11.7) 4.11 3.18.7
Package current 20150221
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.6) 10.1.24 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.8.1
mesa (17.1.3) -- 10.4.4
mysql (5.7.18) 5.6.30 --
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.24.1 --
NVIDIA (381.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 --
openjdk (8u131) 8u152b03 --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) -- --
perl (5.26.0) 5.24.1 5.20.2
php (7.1.6) 7.1.5 --
plasma-desktop (5.10.2) --  
postfix (3.2.2) 3.2.2 --
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3 --
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.13 2.7.9
qt (5.9.0) 5.8.0 --
samba (4.6.5) 3.6.25 --
systemd (233) -- --
thunderbird (52.2.1) 52.2.1 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 --
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.12.3 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Void

Average rating
9.3
from 26 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-06-22
Votes: 0


I installed the LXQt DE and was blown away by how fast runit is and how well it works, this is how all init systems should work IMO. The desktop environment is well polished and has no bloat what so ever. Void is for someone who has time to compile software and unfortunately I don't. I wish I had more time to use Void properly.

If you have the time and are an advanced Linux or BSD user, I'd strongly recommend Void.




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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-17
Votes: 3


I switched from Arch because I can't stand systemd and wanted a leading edge rolling release distro. It's stable and thanks to a proper init (runit) system it has the fastest boot up time I've ever seen so far. The packet manager xbps is also a lot faster compared to others. The only downsides so far is the syntax of that packet manager and the lack of an AUR. The repository isn't the biggest and from time to time that's noticeable. It's however not that hard to make own packages and with a little time investment this distro is pure gold.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-05
Votes: 0


Amazing Distro, using it since years on arm, i686 and x86_64.


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