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DistroWatch.com: Void

Void

Last Update: 2017-09-21 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: 9.49/10 from 51 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 --
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Reviews 2017: DistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20150221
Release Date 2017-09-21 2015-02-21
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB)   71-637
Free Download XBPS ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce
Package Management XBPS XBPS
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Init Software runit runit
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 (9.11.2) 9.10.6 --
chromium (61.0.3163.100) 61.0.3163.91 --
cups (2.2.4) 2.2.4 --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (55.0.3) 55.0.3 35.0.1
freetype (2.8.1) 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (7.2.0) 6.3.0 --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 --
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.26.0) 3.24.3 --
gnucash (2.7.0) 2.6.17 --
gnumeric (1.12.35) 1.12.35 --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.21) -- 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.27) 2.4.27 --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 --
k3b (17.08.1) 2.0.3a --
kmod (24) 24 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.1) 5.4.0.3 --
linux (4.13.3) 4.12 3.18.7
Package current 20150221
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.8) 10.1.26 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.8.1
mesa (17.2.1) -- 10.4.4
mysql (5.7.19) 5.6.30 --
nautilus (3.26.0) 3.26.0 --
NVIDIA (384.69) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 --
openjdk (8u144) 8u152b03 --
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0f) -- --
perl (5.26.0) 5.26.0 5.20.2
php (7.1.9) 7.1.7 --
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) 5.8.7  
postfix (3.2.2) 3.2.2 --
postgresql (9.6.5) 9.6.4 --
Python (3.6.2) 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.9.1) 5.8.0 --
samba (4.7.0) 3.6.25 --
systemd (234) -- --
thunderbird (52.3.0) 52.3.0 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 --
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.6 --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Void

Average rating
9.5
from 51 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-21
Votes: 1


I have been running Linux on/off for a few years now and Void is the first one that I found that did not bork my desktop after a few months of operation. I traced all the failures back to SystemD.....

Long story short - Void came up in my research for a non SystemD distro and I've been so pleased with it that it is the only OS that I run. I disagree with previous comments stating that it is not suitable for noobs - I am a noob, once you install OctoXBPS on the system, you can package manage just as easily as with Octopi on Arch.

Also, I recommend using LXDE as I found it to be the most stable and feature complete DE with Void. Just enable Octoxbps-notifier to run on startup and updates will be installed with a GUI as well! After that, just use the system and you're in for a treat with the smoothest, fastest, most elegant OS that is Void.

Pros:
no SystemD
Fast Package Management - GUI is via OctoXBPS and Octoxbps-notifier.
Can build software via source too.
Runit Init - Fast Boot ups
Docker and Flatpak should you need some software that is not available in repos

Con:
Takes some time to setup and you will need to read their wiki ;)


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-20
Votes: 0


Void Linux is the first distro I ever installed on a computer of my own. I am pretty happy with it, it is simple, fast and lightweight. Didn't have any problems so far.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-19
Votes: 0


Doesn't use Systemd 10/10. Great package manager. Runit is very nice.


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