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Last Update: 2024-03-15 12:34 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, and native init system called "runit".

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Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page https://voidlinux.org/
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  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-03-15: Distribution Release: Void 20240314
 • 2023-07-11: Distribution Release: Void 20230628
 • 2018-11-13: Distribution Release: Void 20181111
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  Headlines:
 • 2023-05-25 Overview of Void's features
 • 2021-03-11 Void changes kernel parameters
 • 2021-02-28 Void to switch back to OpenSSL
 • 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
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Feature 20240314 20230628 20221001 20210930 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221 Feature
Release Date 2024-03-15 2023-07-09 2022-10-17 2021-09-30 2019-11-13 2018-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 400-1000 400-1000 400-1000 400-1000 300-800 300-800 70-700 70-700 Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop Xfce Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, GNOME, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, GNOME, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce Default Desktop
Package Management XBPS XBPS XBPS XBPS XBPS XBPS XBPS XBPS Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software runit runit runit runit runit runit runit runit Init Software
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                 Multilingual
Asian Language Support                 Asian Language Support
Full Package List 20240314 20230628 20221001 20210930 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221 Full Package List
Package 20240314 20230628 20221001 20210930 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.11 1.2.9 1.2.7.2 1.2.5.1 1.1.9 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28 alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3 bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.61) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.61)
cups (2.4.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.9)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- -- -- 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12 e2fsprogs (1.47.1)
firefox (127.0) 123.0 115.0 105.0.1 78.14.0 70.0.1 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1 firefox (127.0)
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.1 2.12.1 2.10.4 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5 freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.38 2.36 2.32 2.32 2.30 2.28 2.26 2.21 glibc (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- -- 3.38.3 3.34.1 -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.2)
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.6)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.06 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.00 grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) 4.12.5 4.10.4 4.8.1 2.24.32 3.24.11 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26 gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.59)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.1)
kmod (32) 31 30 30 27 -- 25 24 19 kmod (32)
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.2)
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.4)
linux (6.9.4) 6.6 6.3 5.19 5.13 4.14 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7 linux (6.9.4)
Package 20240314 20230628 20221001 20210930 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- 0.10.0 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.4.2)
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- 1.24.1 1.22.2 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1 mate-desktop (1.28.2)
mesa (24.1.1) 24.0.2 23.1.3 22.1.7 21.2.3 19.2.3 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4 mesa (24.1.1)
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.4.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- 3.38.2 -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (550.90.07)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 9.7p1 9.3p1 9.0p1 8.8p1 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1 openssh (9.7p1)
openssl (3.3.1) 3.1.5 1.1.1t 1.1.1q 1.1.1l -- -- -- -- openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) -- -- -- 5.32.1 5.30.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2 perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.8)
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.0.5)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) 3.12.2 3.11.4 3.10.7 3.9.7 3.6.9 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9 Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.1) -- -- -- 5.15.2 5.13.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 -- qt (6.7.1)
samba (4.20.1) 4.14.12 4.14.12 4.14.12 4.14.7 -- -- -- -- samba (4.20.1)
systemd (256) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256)
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (127.0)
vim (9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) 1.22.0 1.22.0 1.21.0 1.19.0 1.17.0 1.16.0 1.13.0 1.7.0 wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.18.1 4.18.1 4.16.1 4.16.0 4.14.1 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3 xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.11 21.1.8 21.1.4 1.20.13 1.20.5 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1 xorg-server (21.1.13)

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Version: 20230628
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-06-05
Votes: 11


Although I came in adept with the shell and with plenty of prior Linux experience, switching to Void as my first daily driver was a bit daunting (although something I wanted to try for a while). I opted for no DE w/ glibc, as I wanted Plasma and it wasn't offered pre-packaged. The install was understandable and fairly simple, and getting the rudiments for daily driving wasn't a hassle. Things didn't always work OOB, but they rarely required much fiddling when they didn't. Overall, getting started was a 9/10 experience. Xbps is probably the best package manager I've ever used, can fully recommend on that front. In addition, the Void wiki gives both quick up instructions and full debugging help.


However, a couple flaws (for me) began to show themself over long term use. First, although Void is stable rolling release and can run well pretty much forever without updating, you will at some point need to update. Again, 9 times out of 10 this is fine and Void cranks on, but the 1 time it does things go south quick, as you are then stuck with a version conflict or dependency conflict on a system that is by design slow to push updates to it's official repo. For example, when I eventually had to update from Plasma from 5 to 6, things broke in a way beyond what I would consider normal from a "stable" release OS. It got better over time, but never completely, and my system is still missing a couple minor details from before the update.


For this reason, Void gets an 8/10. OS itself is lightning fast. When it works (which is a vast majority of the time), it's easily a 10. However, each update loses it 0.05 unless you're careful, and eventually, you run into dependency hell, which makes it much harder to revert it to a state where it "just works" without reverting back multiple months.


Tips:
- BACK UP YOUR CONFIG BEFORE UPDATING (and do not hesitate to revert)
- The mentality of Void aligns for me with that of a cranky old man, so act like one and don't try to get the newest and greatest bleeding edge anything. If it works, keep it that way. If anyone tries to flex their higher version numbers, wait 2 days, then point and laugh while they try to navigate fixing some stupid DE/WM dependency for 4 hours.
- Don't be scared of not having systemd. Runit has worked without issue since day 1 for me, and is dead simple to use.
- If you use Python, be ready to learn pipx. Takes some time, but pays off in the end.



Good OS, surprisingly so for a first daily driver. 8/10. Would probably be even better for server use, as I'm pretty sure in that case you could actually run forever.




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Version: 20240314
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-11
Votes: 16


My favorite part of Linux: Minimalism. Who does it better than Arch? Void. Package manager is great and very fast, a luxury among distros. I was initially worried about how many packages would be available, a criticism that I have heard about Void, but that appears to have changed. Pretty much everything I need is in the repos. Omitting systemd has taught me more about how Linux works.
Some things like Discord are considered restricted packages, which you need to clone the xbps repository for. Kinda annoying, but it's whatever.


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Version: 20240314
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-05-11
Votes: 16


Void es una excelente distribución que está subvalorada completamente. Es un proyecto independiente que es tan maduro como otras distribuciones más conocidas. No obstante, hay que tener en cuenta que no es una distribución para principiantes y que se deben configurar e instalar muchas cosas a mano.

Pros:
- Posee una muy buena selección de paquetes. Todo lo que necesito está en void.
- Ofrecen la mejor solución para instalar la última versión de TeXlive y administrar e instalar todos los paquetes con tlmgr.
- Es realmente rápida.
- runit es fácil de manejar y los servicios se pueden activar y desactivar de modo muy sencillo.
- Las actualizaciones no son tan frecuentes para que el sistema operativo sea muy estable.
- Su gestor de paquetes es muy lógico y resuelve perfectamente las dependencias. Nunca he tenido un solo fallo en las actualizaciones.

Cons:
- La conexión a wifi demora más que otras distribuciones.

Pienso que una razón de su infravaloración es la lista que ofrece distrowatch de los paquetes que hay en void no es real. Hace pensar que en void no hay paquetes y que están muy desactualizados.

Creo que basta con añadir una columna en distrowach (tal y como sucede en muchas otras distribuciones que son rolling release) que muestre las últimas actualizaciones y no solo el contenido de una iso que puede tener meses de antiguedad y que solo sirve para instalar el sistema operativo pero no es un reflejo de todos los paquetes que ofrece la distribución.

La recomiendo 10/10

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Void is an excellent distribution that is completely underrated. It is an independent project that is as mature as other more well-known distributions. However, it should be noted that it is not a distribution for beginners and many things must be configured and installed by hand.

Pros:
- It has a very good selection of packages. Everything I need is in void.
- They offer the best solution to install the latest version of TeXlive and manage and install all packages with tlmgr.
- It is really fast.
- runit is easy to handle and services can be activated and deactivated very easily.
- The updates are not so frequent so the operating system is very stable.
- Its package manager is very logical and solves dependencies perfectly. I have never had a single failure in updates.

Cons:
- The wifi connection takes longer than other distributions.

I think one reason for its undervaluation is that the distrowatch list of packages in void is not real. It makes you think that there are no packages in void and that they are very outdated.

I think it is enough to add a column in distrowach (as happens in many other distributions that are rolling release) that shows the latest updates and not just the contents of an iso that can be months old and only serves to install the operating system but is not a reflection of all the packages offered by the distribution.

I recommend it 10/10



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