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Last Update: 2018-01-22 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: 9.29/10 from 72 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 --
Download Mirrors http://www.voidlinux.eu/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
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Reviews 2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20150221
Release Date 2018-01-22 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
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List current 20150221
Package current 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.5 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.11.2-P1) 9.10.6 --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) 63.0.3239.84 --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6 --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.8 1.42.12
firefox (58.0) 57.0.4 35.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.9 2.5.5
gcc (7.2.0) 7.2.0 --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 --
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.26.2 --
gnucash (2.6.19) 2.6.19 --
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.36 --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.26) -- 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.29) 2.4.29 --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 --
k3b (17.12.1) 17.12.0 --
kmod (25) 25 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.4) --
linux (4.14.15) 4.14 3.18.7
Package current 20150221
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) 10.1.30 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.8.1
mesa (17.3.3) -- 10.4.4
mysql (5.7.21) 5.6.38 --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.26.2 --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 --
openjdk (8u161) 8u182b00 --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0g) -- --
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.1) 7.2.1 --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) 5.11.5  
postfix (3.2.4) 3.2.4 --
postgresql (10.1) 9.6.6 --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.10.0) 5.8.0 --
samba (4.7.4) 3.6.25 --
systemd (236) -- --
thunderbird (52.5.2) 52.5.2 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 --
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.8 --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6 1.17.1

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-21
Votes: 2

Previous Debian/Devuan user. Tried Arch, stuff broke, it didn't just werk like Devuan.

Started getting tired of old software and a slow init system (sysv)

Tried Void, installed LXQt and have absolutely loved it. EVERYTHING works and it's blazingly fast too. Runit is a delight and xbps is, although quirky, very good too.

I'm now running it on my X201 with 4gb of ram and a 320gb ssd and loving it.

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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-01-18
Votes: 0

This is a distribution that expects you to know how to maintain your machine, little in the way of hand holding...

Installation requires you to actually *read* the instructions :-o oh the humanity...

the package manager is really fast and I've yet to experience any issues with it (wish I could say that about RPM based package managers!!)

runit the init system is lean and fast, but there's little in the way fluff or luxuries but it does the job and with an SSD you're taking a few seconds boot time if that...

reliability has been good, good enough to leave it with unskilled users, which I have done for several years now, with any breakages being trivial if at all in some cases.

If you know what you're doing and you don't like bloat this is defiantly for you. If you are able to administer a system effectively its stable enough to be left with a none technical user, with maintenance many months apart.

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Version: current
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-01-17
Votes: 0

Really? Is that what you've got when you remove systemd? A really messy system?

Ok then. I've tested the Xfce version and the installation is so ugly and old that reminds me of 90's era.

Also, you need to read all of its documentation to figure out how to install it, you must use the terminal like it or not. Another problem is that there is no option to set up an automatic install, if you don't know how to make a partition, you are in trouble using Void.

Void is far from being for newcomers, even that some shia/fanatic users say it's easy. I did not even talk about the worst, musl, glibc... Also, their package manager isn't that good, it needs serious enhancement to become "usable".

To use this distro you'll need to read all this wiki (which is not as complete as Arch wiki).

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