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Void

Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 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: 61 (180), 6 months: 43 (272), 3 months: 48 (232), 4 weeks: 50 (247), 1 week: 45 (276)

Average visitor rating: 9.09/10 from 131 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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2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
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 •2017-12-07 Advent of Void tutorials
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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2019-04-11 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 (9.14.1) 9.11.5 -- -- --
chromium (74.0.3729.108) 70.0.3538.110 -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.9 -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (66.0.3) 63.0.3 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.3.0) 8.2.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.10) 2.10.4 -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.32.1) 3.30.2 -- -- --
gnucash (3.5) 3.3 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk (3.24.8) 3.24.1 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.39) 2.4.37 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.3 -- -- --
k3b (19.04.0) 18.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 19
krita (4.1.8) 4.1.5 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.3) 6.1.3 -- -- --
linux (5.0.9) 4.19 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.14) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.0.3) 18.2.5 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.16) 5.6.38 -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.30.4 -- -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (12.0.1) 8u202b00 -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1b) -- -- -- --
perl (5.28.2) 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.4) 7.2.12 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.4) 5.14.3 -- -- --
postfix (3.4.5) 3.3.1 -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) 9.6.11 -- -- --
Python (3.7.3) 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.12.3) 5.11.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.10.2) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (242) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.6.1) 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 (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Version: current
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-04-24
Votes: 0


Fast to install.

The XBPS system is responsive and simple to use.

Runit is a very good alternative to Systemd, personally I think it's better than Sysvinit.

Number of Packages is not that much comparing to other rolling distros though.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-04-22
Votes: 4


runit is the right kind of easy.
Using it and understanding what it does are the same thing.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-04-21
Votes: 5


1. Void frees you of systemd
2. Void frees you of reinstallations
3. Void frees you of processes being launched without your asking
4. Void has a vast amount of software available under several platforms
5. Void runs solidly!


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