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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".

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 93 (132), 6 months: 69 (160), 3 months: 51 (239), 4 weeks: 19 (529), 1 week: 53 (219)

Average visitor rating: 9.18/10 from 112 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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Reviews 2018: LinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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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 (1.1.7) 1.1.7 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.4) 9.11.5 -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.80) 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 (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (64.0) 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 (3.3) 3.3 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.24.1 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- -- --
k3b (18.08.3) 18.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 25 24 19
krita (4.1.5) 4.1.5 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.1.3 -- -- --
linux (4.19.8) 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 (10.3.11) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.3.0) 18.2.5 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.13) 5.6.38 -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.4) 3.30.4 -- -- --
NVIDIA (415.18) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u202b00 -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1a) -- -- -- --
perl (5.28.0) 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.0) 7.2.12 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) 5.14.3 -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) 3.3.1 -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 9.6.11 -- -- --
Python (3.7.1) 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 (4.9.3) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (239) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.3.3) 60.3.0 -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 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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Average rating
9.2
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Version: 20181111
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-08
Votes: 3


Super easy to setup wireguard, runs and makes a secure connection with one command. Has support for all the common drivers. Setup is easy, no frills but nothing forgotten. No bloat on install. Community maintains all the packages you'd want in a customizable general-use OS (namely IceCat browser for me). 10/10


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-03
Votes: 9


Package manager isn't a sloooooow Python script (looking at you, Gentoo), blasts through bootup like greased lightning, has a better selection of current software than Arch or Manjaro have (in their core repos). They even have an optional ports system and alternate musl builds for when you need an even faster system than the already insanely fast glibc standard install.

Install process is insanely fast and simple even in text-only mode and packages and upgrades have installed without a hitch! I haven't had a single broken library yet! If you're sick of cutting your teeth building the entirety of Webengine/Chromium/Firefox every time your browser has an update. Life is too short to wait for your browser to build! You get all of the positives here of a fast Systemd-less system without having to wait on a compiler (unless you still want to).


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-27
Votes: 8


VOID, had to give it a spin and see what the fuss is all about. Install quite simple with UEFI, rebooted nicely into login. VOID wiki is a must have if not accustomed to VOIDs own CLI commands, there is a Rosetta Stone link for cross-referencing known Debian, Arch to VOID commands. Configured Lxde to Openbox with any errors and removed Lxde, worked well.

Pros: Has Runit for init, systemd-free.
Extensive apps package manager called xbps
Easy on system resources, not bloated
Newest Linux kernel 4.19.3
Extremely stable

Cons: Rolling release

Really do like VOID, no issues ATM, plan on keeping it because it is very unique. Running latest Linux kernel 4.19.3 error free is nice!


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