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Void

Last Update: 2018-10-22 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".

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 107 (98), 6 months: 113 (87), 3 months: 121 (86), 4 weeks: 116 (86), 1 week: 110 (85)

Average visitor rating: 9.26/10 from 95 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: Ordinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2018-10-22 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)   70-700 70-700
Free Download XBPS ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop   Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce
Package Management XBPS XBPS XBPS
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Init Software runit runit runit
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs
Multilingual      
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List current 20171007 20150221
Package current 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- --
alsa-lib (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 4.3
bind (9.13.3) 9.11.4 -- --
chromium (70.0.3538.67) 69.0.3497.100 -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.8 -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (63.0) 62.0.3 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.0 -- --
gimp (2.10.6) 2.10.4 -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.30.1) 3.30.1 -- --
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) 1.12.43 -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.1) 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.35) 2.4.35 -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- --
k3b (18.08.2) 18.08.2 -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 19
krita (4.1.5) 4.1.5 -- --
libreoffice (6.1.2) 6.1.0 -- --
linux (4.19) 4.18 3.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.10) 10.1.30 -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.2.3) 18.2.3 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.13) 5.6.38 -- --
nautilus (3.30.2) 3.30.2 -- --
NVIDIA (410.66) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u202b00 -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.8p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1) -- -- --
perl (5.28.0) 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.11) 7.2.11 -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) 5.13.5 -- --
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.1 -- --
postgresql (11.0) 9.6.10 -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.11.2) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.9.1) 3.6.25 -- --
systemd (239) -- -- --
thunderbird (60.2.1) 60.2.1 -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.4 -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.2) 1.20.2 1.19.4 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.3
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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-18
Votes: 10


Void is an awesome system, very fast and stable. Best of all, if you want the latest KDE Plasma but won't use a system with systemD, then Void is the right choice. After install, you just do xbps-install -S kde5 kde5-baseapps and adjust some things like sddm and consolekit or elogind, by basically doing a basic search on google.

Runit (the init) is very fast and simple: in a few seconds you are greeted with the sddm login or lightdm login.

The downside of the distro so far is that mirrors are probably not available too close to your home; only a few in Europe, NA, Oceania and Asia. Therefore, a rather slow update is usual. Still, nothing to push you away from this amazing project. Try it out and see for yourself.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-13
Votes: 10


Void has become my main distribution at home and office. Runit is not only functional but also beautiful in its simplicity. XBPS does its thing very well without trying to be too smart.

It's like Arch used to be before systemd but more stable and simpler (yes! even simpler). None of my systems broke again after switching to Void. No more systemd nonsense or packages breaking for no reason.

I have to say that Void's concept of "simple" actually permeated to my way of working and organizing myself. This is a distro and aalso a philosophy!


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-12
Votes: 13


I absolutely love Void Linux, it reminds me of how Arch Linux used to be, but incorporates new things that add valuable functionality while also not including the kitchen sink (unless you want it.) XBPS is very reminiscent of pacman which I also love, but it does do some things differently. It continues on a rolling release. Its speed of startup and package handling is great, and runit is very understandable. I highly recommend Void Linux.


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