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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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Average visitor rating: 9.27/10 from 183 review(s).


Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page https://voidlinux.org/
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Documentation https://docs.voidlinux.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  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
 • More Void headlines...

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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 (126.0.6478.126) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
cups (2.4.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.10)
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 (128.0) 123.0 115.0 105.0.1 78.14.0 70.0.1 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1 firefox (128.0)
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 (46.3.1) -- -- -- 3.38.3 3.34.1 -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
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 (2.4.61) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) 31 30 30 27 -- 25 24 19 kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.5)
linux (6.9.9) 6.6 6.3 5.19 5.13 4.14 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7 linux (6.9.9)
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 (24.1.3) 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 (24.1.3)
mysql (9.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- 3.38.2 -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
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 (9.8p1) 9.7p1 9.3p1 9.0p1 8.8p1 8.1p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1 openssh (9.8p1)
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 (8.3.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
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 (6.7.2) -- -- -- 5.15.2 5.13.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 -- qt (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) 4.14.12 4.14.12 4.14.12 4.14.7 -- -- -- -- samba (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (128.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (128.0)
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: 20240314
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-07-12
Votes: 1


I use it on Raspberry and it's the best distro I've ever seen on Raspberry by far. I'm a Devuan user on my main computer but I had so much fun setting it up that I'm actually considering switching to it everywhere. Runit is amazingly elegant. The system comes with no bloat at all (not even syslogd functionality) and for fun and because I wanted to do some unorthodox setup, I went the way of implementing my own logger for runit services. It was also the first time I ever run a rolling distro. I had no stability issues with it. I did see some bugs here and there that existed since installation and at least two of them were fixed within a month by upgrading packages. XBps' interface is worse than apt's in my opinion but it seems to be coming with more functionality that I needed out of the box so I'm fine with either system. I still need to learn more about it. It's great to see a distro made from scratch that accomplishes so much! Now my next experiment will be to run the Musl version and see how that one goes!


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Version: 20240314
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-07-10
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I installed Void linux about a month ago, and it was a great choice. I started using linux this year in February, when a friend suggested me to use mint. After that I tried endeavourOS and Arch, and I didn't liked systemD, it was slow and it felt old. Arch was not fro me, and I wanted something light for daily use that dosn't break. I distrohopped a lot, I used debian, Opensuse, ubuntu and many more. I found void, and I didn't knew what it was, so I tried it in a virtual machine. At first I had trouble whit partitions, then I heard that void has a poor repository and many other things. After this long distrohop Void linux was my last choice for a distro and I kept arch. After months, in June I decided it was time to change and gave another shot to void. This time I had better knowledge on linux, and I had 0 trouble whit partitions and the desktop. After using kde for a long time on endeavour and arch I decided to go for cinnamon, which I personally love the simplicity of it. Xpbs is so good, I think it's better than pacman. The site is straight to the point whit a really good interface and I downloaded the iso in 1 minute. After I installed and tweaked cinnamon as I liked, I was really shocked to see that the boot and the shutdown were really fast, and the webcam and the brightness worked after a clean install, because they didn't worked on Mint. I'm on void glibc for a month and everything worked fine, nothing broken after an update, got all the stuff I need. I never tought of using void as my daily driver, and here I am. Void was the perfect distro for me, I had a minimal cinnamon install, whit just the basic stuff, a browser, a file manager and a terminal, and I installed later other applications I needed. If I never risked trying something new I would not be here, so my advice is to give a shot to this distro. Maybe it isn't right for you, but at least you know something new, Void is simple, if you use it for work or as a daily driver, don't use a window manager and then rice it, put a desktop like kde or gnome and it will never break. I think it can improve a lot, whit more packages on the non-free repos, because let's be onest, not everyone wants to use only free open source software, but overall it's a 10/10 for a great experience as a daily driver.


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Version: 20240314
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-07-09
Votes: 1


Void Linux may not be bleeding edge, but it's still leading edge as a rolling release distribution. Void stays stable without sacrificing recent updates and new software releases. It's that "just right" distro you've been looking for all this time.

Void also provides an essential foundation for building your system on top of it. No extraneous bloat, apps, branding, or unnecessary libraries. The runit init system boots incredibly fast, and the xbps package manager is easy to learn and use. While documentation is a bit sparse, it will get the job done having just what you need to get up and running.

While I wouldn't recommended Void as a beginner distro, it does allow for a hands-on, undiluted, roll-your-own type Linux learning experience. Once you stare into the Void, it will start staring back at you! I highly recommend it for intermediate to advanced Linux users, those that are self-learners, welcome some challenges, prefer a more stable rolling release cycle, and want an overall lightweight and fun Linux operating system.


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