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Void

Last Update: 2019-12-03 23:52 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: 41 (256), 6 months: 42 (269), 3 months: 37 (318), 4 weeks: 24 (397), 1 week: 35 (341)

Average visitor rating: 9.04/10 from 169 review(s).


Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page https://www.voidlinux.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://docs.voidlinux.org/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://www.voidlinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Reddit.com
Reviews 2018: DistroWatchLinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2018-11-13: Distribution Release: Void 20181111
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  Headlines:
 •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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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2019-11-13 2018-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-800 300-800 70-700 70-700
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Cinnamon, Enlightenment, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Xfce 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 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 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221
Package 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.4) 3.0.2 -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.1.2) 1.1.9 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.15.6) 9.11.11 -- -- --
chromium (79.0.3945.79) 78.0.3904.97 -- -- --
cups (2.3.0) 2.3.0 -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.45.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (71.0) 70.0.1 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (9.2.0) 9.2.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.14) 2.10.12 -- -- --
glibc (2.30) 2.30 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.34.1) 3.34.1 -- -- --
gnucash (3.7) 3.7 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.46) 1.12.46 -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.04 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk (3.24.13) 2.24.32 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.41 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.4 -- -- --
k3b (19.08.3) 19.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (26) -- 25 24 19
krita (4.2.8.2) 4.2.7.1 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.3) 6.3.3.2 -- -- --
linux (5.4.2) 4.14 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package 20191109 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.10.0 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.5.0) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) 1.22.2 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.2.7) 19.2.3 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.18) 3.2.5 -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.34.1 -- -- --
NVIDIA (440.44) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (13.0.1) 11.0.5 -- -- --
openssh (8.1p1) 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1d) -- -- -- --
perl (5.30.1) 5.30.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.4.0) 7.3.11 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.4) 5.17.2 -- -- --
postfix (3.4.8) 3.4.7 -- -- --
postgresql (12.1) 9.6.15 -- -- --
Python (3.8.0) 3 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.13.2) 5.13.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.11.3) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (244) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (68.3.0) 68.2.2 -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- --
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) 4.14.1 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.6) 1.20.5 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Version: 20191109
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-12-10
Votes: 9


Really good distribution, it uses runit (which is extremely simple) instead of systemd, fast to boot and fast to work with, I've been using it with dwm and also bspwm on my emachine, no problems so far, it only uses 120MB of ram (including the torrent daemon, mpd, polybar and some other stuff), really snappy, the package manager (xbps) also has some interesting features, it's quite fast and the repositories have most of the software I need
and let me say, the TUI installer is fantastic, it makes the installation more convenient and still gives you enough information, a good balance between GUI installers and just installing arch from the terminal

overall, a solid distribution for those that want a stable, systemd-free and snappy distribution


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Version: 20191109
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-11-24
Votes: 15


Very good distribution, better than the others. Very fast and reactive on my 10 years old computer with Mate desktop.


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Version: 20191109
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-11-20
Votes: 8


this is very good and fast distribution nr.1 !
on my acer a315 acpi is correct (not on lenovo).
best OS , very secure and fast :)


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