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Venom Linux


Last Update: 2023-05-11 09:37 UTC


Venom Linux is an independently-developed, rolling-release distribution inspired by CRUX. It targets experienced Linux users. Venom uses SysV init as the main init system and BSD-like ports as software packages which are managed by a custom package management tool called scratchpkg (written in compliance with POSIX standards). The distribution offers a simple graphical desktop built around the Openbox window manager and a text-mode system installer.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 174 (53), 6 months: 146 (62), 3 months: 187 (41), 4 weeks: 168 (41), 1 week: 176 (35)

Average visitor rating: 9.5/10 from 8 review(s).


Venom Summary
Distribution Venom Linux
Home Page https://venomlinux.org/
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Feature 20230509 4.0 2.1
Release Date 2023-05-09 2022-09-13 2021-06-08
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 1400-1500 1400-1500 1200-1300
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Openbox Openbox Openbox
Package Management scratch scratch scratch
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software SysV SysV SysV
Journaled File Systems      
Multilingual en en en
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List 20230509 4.0 2.1

Full Package List:   Venom Linux 2.1
  Number of packages: 412 (download as TXT)
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  •  acl 2.3.1-1
  •  adwaita-icon-theme 40.0-1
  •  alsa-lib 1.2.5-1
  •  alsa-utils 1.2.5-1
  •  aom 2.0.2-1
  •  arcbox 0.1.2-1
  •  atk 2.36.0-1
  •  atkmm 2.28.1-1
  •  at-spi2-atk 2.38.0-1
  •  at-spi2-core 2.40.2-1
  •  attr 2.5.1-1
  •  autoconf2.13 2.13-1
  •  autoconf 2.71-1
  •  automake 1.16.3-1
  •  base 20200802-1
  •  bash 5.1.004-1
  •  bc 1.07.1-1
  •  bdftopcf 1.1-1
  •  binutils 2.36.1-1
  •  bison 3.7.6-1
  •  btrfs-progs 5.12.1-1
  •  bzip2 1.0.8-1
  •  ca-certificates 20210119-1
  •  cairo 1.16.0-1
  •  cairomm 1.12.2-1
  •  c-ares 1.17.1-1
  •  cbindgen 0.19.0-1
  •  clang 11.1.0-1
  •  cmake 3.20.3-1
  •  consolekit2 1.2.3-1
  •  coreutils 8.32-1
  •  cryptsetup 2.3.6-1
  •  curl 7.77.0-1
  •  dash 0.5.11.4-1
  •  dav1d 0.8.2-1
  •  dbus 1.12.20-1
  •  dbus-glib 0.112-1
  •  dejavu-fonts 2.37-3
  •  desktop-file-utils 0.26-1
  •  dfc 3.1.1-2
  •  dhcpcd 9.4.0-1
  •  dialog 1.3_20210530-1
  •  diffutils 3.7-1
  •  docbook-xml 4.5-4
  •  docbook-xsl 1.79.2-6
  •  dosfstools 4.2-1
  •  dunst 1.6.1-1
  •  e2fsprogs 1.46.2-1
  •  efibootmgr 17-1
  •  efivar 37-1
  •  elfutils 0.185-1
  •  encodings 1.0.5-2
  •  eudev 3.2.10-1
  •  expat 2.4.1-1
  •  fdk-aac 2.0.2-1
  •  feh 3.7-1
  •  ffmpeg 4.4-1
  •  file 5.40-1
  •  filesystem 20210608-2
  •  findutils 4.8.0-1
  •  firefox 89.0-1
  •  flex 2.6.4-1
  •  font-adobe-100dpi 1.0.3-2
  •  font-adobe-75dpi 1.0.3-2
  •  font-adobe-utopia-type1 1.0.4-3
  •  font-alias 1.0.4-2
  •  font-bh-ttf 1.0.3-2
  •  font-bh-type1 1.0.3-2
  •  fontconfig 2.13.1-4
  •  font-daewoo-misc 1.0.3-2
  •  font-ibm-type1 1.0.3-2
  •  font-isas-misc 1.0.3-2
  •  font-jis-misc 1.0.3-2
  •  font-misc-ethiopic 1.0.4-2
  •  font-util 1.3.2-2
  •  font-xfree86-type1 1.0.4-2
  •  freetype2 2.10.4-1
  •  fribidi 1.0.10-1
  •  fuse2 2.9.9-1
  •  fuse3 3.10.3-1
  •  gawk 5.1.0-1
  •  gcc 10.3.0-1
  •  gcr 3.38.1-1
  •  gdbm 1.19-1
  •  gdk-pixbuf 2.42.6-1
  •  geany 1.37.1-1
  •  gettext 0.21-1
  •  glib 2.68.2-1
  •  glibc 2.33-2
  •  glibmm 2.64.5-1
  •  glib-networking 2.68.1-1
  •  gmrun 1.2w-1
  •  gnupg 2.3.1-1
  •  gnutls 3.7.2-1
  •  gobject-introspection 1.68.0-1
  •  gparted 1.3.0-2
  •  gperf 3.1-1
  •  gpgme 1.15.1-1
  •  grep 3.6-1
  •  groff 1.22.4-1
  •  grub 2.04-3
  •  grub-efi 2.04-2
  •  gsettings-desktop-schemas 40.0-1
  •  gtk2 2.24.33-1
  •  gtk3 3.24.29-1
  •  gtkmm3 3.24.2-1
  •  gvfs 1.48.1-1
  •  gzip 1.10-1
  •  harfbuzz 2.8.1-1
  •  hicolor-icon-theme 0.17-1
  •  htop 3.0.5-1
  •  iana-etc 20210222-1
  •  iceauth 1.0.8-1
  •  icu 68.2-1
  •  imlib2 1.7.1-1
  •  inetutils 2.0-1
  •  inih 53-1
  •  intltool 0.51.0-1
  •  iproute2 5.12.0-1
  •  irssi 1.2.3-1
  •  jasper 2.0.14-1
  •  json-c 0.15-1
  •  kbd 2.4.0-1
  •  kmod 29-1
  •  l3afpad 0.8.18.1.11-1
  •  lame 3.100-1
  •  less 589-1
  •  libaio 0.3.112-1
  •  libarchive 3.5.1-1
  •  libass 0.15.1-1
  •  libassuan 2.5.5-1
  •  libatasmart 0.19-1
  •  libblockdev 2.25-1
  •  libbytesize 2.5-1
  •  libcap 2.50-1
  •  libcdio 2.1.0-1
  •  libcdio-paranoia 10.2+2.0.1-1
  •  libconfig 1.7.2-1
  •  libcroco 0.6.13-1
  •  libdmx 1.1.4-1
  •  libdrm 2.4.106-1
  •  libepoxy 1.5.8-1
  •  liberation-fonts 2.00.1-4
  •  libev 4.33-1
  •  libevdev 1.11.0-1
  •  libevent 2.1.12-1
  •  libexif 0.6.21-1
  •  libffi 3.3-1
  •  libfm 1.3.2-1
  •  libfm-extra 1.3.2-1
  •  libfontenc 1.1.4-1
  •  libfs 1.0.8-1
  •  libgcrypt 1.9.3-1
  •  libglade 2.6.4-1
  •  libglvnd 1.3.3-1
  •  libgmp 6.2.1-1
  •  libgpg-error 1.42-1
  •  libgudev 236-1
  •  libice 1.0.10-1
  •  libidl2 0.8.14-1
  •  libidn2 2.3.1-1
  •  libinput 1.18.0-1
  •  libjpeg-turbo 2.1.0-1
  •  libksba 1.5.1-1
  •  libmpc 1.2.1-1
  •  libmpfr 4.1.0-1
  •  libndp 1.8-1
  •  libnl 3.5.0-1
  •  libnotify 0.7.9-1
  •  libogg 1.3.5-1
  •  libpciaccess 0.16-1
  •  libpipeline 1.5.3-1
  •  libpng 1.6.37-1
  •  libpsl 0.21.1-1
  •  librsvg 2.50.7-1
  •  libsecret 0.20.4-1
  •  libsigc++ 2.10.2-1
  •  libsm 1.2.3-1
  •  libsoup 2.72.0-1
  •  libssh2 1.9.0-1
  •  libtasn1 4.17.0-1
  •  libtheora 1.1.1-1
  •  libtiff 4.3.0-1
  •  libtool 2.4.6-1
  •  libunistring 0.9.10-1
  •  libusb 1.0.24-1
  •  libuv 1.41.0-1
  •  libva 2.11.0-1
  •  libvdpau 1.4-1
  •  libvorbis 1.3.7-1
  •  libvpx 1.10.0-1
  •  libx11 1.7.2-1
  •  libxau 1.0.9-1
  •  libxaw 1.0.14-1
  •  libxcb 1.14-1
  •  libxcomposite 0.4.5-1
  •  libxcursor 1.2.0-1
  •  libxdamage 1.1.5-1
  •  libxdg-basedir 1.2.3-1
  •  libxdmcp 1.1.3-1
  •  libxext 1.3.4-1
  •  libxfixes 6.0.0-1
  •  libxfont2 2.0.4-1
  •  libxft 2.3.3-1
  •  libxi 1.7.10-1
  •  libxinerama 1.1.4-1
  •  libxkbfile 1.1.0-1
  •  libxml2 2.9.12-1
  •  libxmu 1.1.3-1
  •  libxpm 3.5.13-1
  •  libxrandr 1.5.2-1
  •  libxrender 0.9.10-1
  •  libxres 1.2.1-1
  •  libxscrnsaver 1.2.3-1
  •  libxshmfence 1.3-1
  •  libxslt 1.1.34-1
  •  libxt 1.2.1-1
  •  libxtst 1.2.3-1
  •  libxv 1.0.11-1
  •  libxvmc 1.0.12-1
  •  libxxf86dga 1.1.5-1
  •  libxxf86vm 1.1.4-1
  •  linux-api-headers 5.10.33-1
  •  linux-firmware 20210511-1
  •  linux-lts 5.10.42-1
  •  linux-pam 1.5.1-1
  •  llvm 11.1.0-1
  •  luit 1.1.1-1
  •  lvm2 2.03.12-1
  •  lxappearance 0.6.3-1
  •  lxappearance-obconf 0.2.3-1
  •  lxmenu-data 0.1.5-1
  •  lynx 2.8.9rel.1-1
  •  lz4 1.9.3-1
  •  lzo 2.10-1
  •  m4 1.4.19-1
  •  make 4.3-1
  •  man-db 2.9.4-1
  •  man-pages 5.11-1
  •  mc 4.8.26-1
  •  menu-cache 1.1.0-2
  •  mesa 21.1.2-1
  •  meson 0.58.0-1
  •  mkfontscale 1.2.1-2
  •  mkinitramfs 20200118-3
  •  mozjs 78.10.1-1
  •  mtdev 1.1.6-1
  •  mtools 4.0.29-1
  •  nasm 2.15.05-1
  •  ncurses 6.2-1
  •  neofetch 7.1.0-2
  •  nettle 3.7.3-1
  •  networkmanager 1.30.4-1
  •  newt 0.52.21-1
  •  ninja 1.10.2-1
  •  nodejs 16.2.0-1
  •  npth 1.6-1
  •  nspr 4.31-1
  •  nss 3.66-1
  •  ntfs-3g 2017.3.23-2
  •  obconf 2.0.4-1
  •  obmenu-generator 0.89-1
  •  openbox 3.6.1-2
  •  openssh 8.6p1-1
  •  openssl 1.1.1k-1
  •  opus 1.3.1-1
  •  os-prober 1.78-1
  •  osx-arc-theme 1.4.7-1
  •  p11-kit 0.24.0-1
  •  pango 1.48.5-1
  •  pangomm 2.42.1-1
  •  paper-icon-theme 1.5.0-1
  •  parted 3.4-1
  •  patch 2.7.6-1
  •  pciutils 3.7.0-1
  •  pcmanfm 1.3.2-1
  •  pcre2 10.37-1
  •  pcre 8.44-1
  •  perl 5.32.1-1
  •  perl-data-dump 1.23-1
  •  perl-linux-desktopfiles 0.25-1
  •  perl-xml-parser 2.46-1
  •  picom 8.2-1
  •  pinentry 1.1.1-1
  •  pixman 0.40.0-1
  •  pkgconf 1.7.4-1
  •  polkit 0.119-1
  •  polkit-gnome 0.105-2
  •  popt 1.16-1
  •  procps-ng 3.3.17-1
  •  psmisc 23.4-1
  •  pypanel 2.4-1
  •  python2 2.7.18-1
  •  python2-pip 20.1.1-1
  •  python2-setuptools 44.1.0-1
  •  python2-six 1.15.0-1
  •  python2-xlib 0.27-1
  •  python3 3.9.1-1
  •  python3-cairo 1.20.1-1
  •  python3-gobject3 3.40.1-1
  •  python3-mako 1.1.4-1
  •  python3-markupsafe 2.0.1-1
  •  python3-setuptools 51.3.3-1
  •  rc 20210521-1
  •  readline 8.1-1
  •  reiserfsprogs 3.6.27-1
  •  rust 1.51.0-1
  •  scratchpkg 20210609-1
  •  sdl2 2.0.14-1
  •  sed 4.8-1
  •  sessreg 1.1.2-1
  •  setxkbmap 1.3.2-1
  •  sgml-common 0.6.3-2
  •  shadow 4.8.1-1
  •  shared-mime-info 1.10-5
  •  slang 2.3.2-1
  •  slim 1.3.6-4
  •  smproxy 1.0.6-1
  •  sqlite 3.35.5-1
  •  squashfs-tools 4.4-2
  •  startup-notification 0.12-1
  •  sudo 1.9.7-1
  •  swig 4.0.2-1
  •  sysklogd 2.2.3-1
  •  syslinux 6.03-1
  •  sysvinit 2.99-1
  •  tar 1.34-1
  •  texinfo 6.7-1
  •  twm 1.0.11-1
  •  tzdata 2021a-1
  •  udisks2 2.9.2-1
  •  unzip 6.0-1
  •  uthash 2.3.0-1
  •  util-linux 2.37-1
  •  util-macros 1.19.3-1
  •  vala 0.52.4-1
  •  vim 8.2.2918-1
  •  volume_key 0.3.12-1
  •  which 2.21-1
  •  wpa_supplicant 2.9-3
  •  x11perf 1.6.1-1
  •  x264 20191217.2245-1
  •  x265 3.4-1
  •  xauth 1.1-1
  •  xbacklight 1.2.3-1
  •  xbitmaps 1.1.2-1
  •  xcb-proto 1.14.1-1
  •  xcb-util 0.4.0-1
  •  xcb-util-cursor 0.1.3-1
  •  xcb-util-image 0.4.0-1
  •  xcb-util-keysyms 0.4.0-1
  •  xcb-util-renderutil 0.3.9-1
  •  xcb-util-wm 0.4.1-1
  •  xclock 1.0.9-1
  •  xcmsdb 1.0.5-1
  •  xcursorgen 1.0.7-1
  •  xcursor-themes 1.0.6-1
  •  xdg-user-dirs 0.17-1
  •  xdg-utils 1.1.3-1
  •  xdpyinfo 1.3.2-1
  •  xdriinfo 1.0.6-1
  •  xev 1.2.4-1
  •  xf86-input-evdev 2.10.6-1
  •  xf86-input-libinput 1.0.1-1
  •  xf86-video-amdgpu 19.1.0-1
  •  xf86-video-ati 19.1.0-1
  •  xf86-video-fbdev 0.5.0-1
  •  xf86-video-intel 20210222-1
  •  xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.17-1
  •  xf86-video-vesa 2.5.0-1
  •  xf86-video-vmware 13.3.0-1
  •  xfsprogs 5.12.0-1
  •  xgamma 1.0.6-1
  •  xhost 1.0.8-1
  •  xinit 1.4.1-1
  •  xinput 1.6.3-1
  •  xkbcomp 1.4.5-1
  •  xkbevd 1.1.4-1
  •  xkbutils 1.0.4-1
  •  xkeyboard-config 2.32-1
  •  xkill 1.0.5-1
  •  xlsatoms 1.1.3-1
  •  xlsclients 1.1.4-1
  •  xmessage 1.0.5-1
  •  xmlto 0.0.28-1
  •  xmodmap 1.0.10-1
  •  xorg 1.0-1
  •  xorg-applications 1.0-1
  •  xorg-fonts 1.0-2
  •  xorg-libraries 1.0-1
  •  xorgproto 2021.4-1
  •  xorg-server 1.20.11-1
  •  xorg-video-drivers 1.0-1
  •  xpr 1.0.5-1
  •  xprop 1.2.5-1
  •  xrandr 1.5.1-1
  •  xrdb 1.2.0-1
  •  xrefresh 1.0.6-1
  •  xset 1.2.4-1
  •  xsetroot 1.1.2-1
  •  xterm 367-1
  •  xtrans 1.4.0-1
  •  xvinfo 1.1.4-1
  •  xwd 1.0.7-1
  •  xwininfo 1.1.5-1
  •  xwud 1.0.5-1
  •  xz 5.2.5-1
  •  yaml 0.2.5-1
  •  yasm 1.3.0-1
  •  zip 3.0-1
  •  zlib 1.2.11-1
  •  zstd 1.5.0-1


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Version: 4.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-12-09
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i have used venom in a VM i did try installing on bare metal but for some reason the installer wouldn't pick up my partition like the VM did. Anyways, this review is about scratchpkg itself. I've adopted it as my package manager on a LFS install. I will say this is on par with kiss linux's package manager. I absolutely love it and how it functionss. I've been recommending it to everyone that I know that runs linux. The creator is very helpful and active but its on a telegram channel. The community is great as well


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Version: 20210312
Rating: 6
Date: 2021-05-11
Votes: 3


I would give it a good score if i could find decent documentation..
Only thing i can say is that installation went fine and it seems to be really responsive.


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Version: 20210312
Rating: 10
Date: 2021-05-06
Votes: 13


Been using it for a while now, and it's my favorite distro ever. I've switched the default out with herbstluftwm and the idle ram usage with xterm open is only about 130MB! the default theme is beautiful, and I love scratchpkg a ton, because like everything else on venom it's super-fast, and it just works! the repos are a little small, but it's easy to work around, and it's definitely worth it. my computer is super slow, yet scratchpkg still compiles super-fast without errors. I absolutely recommend trying venom, even if you just try it in a VM. I first found it when my friend recommended Gentoo, but it was ultimately too much of a hassle for me, so I looked for other source-based distros and found venom, and I'm so happy I did!


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