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Void

Last Update: 2019-03-17 14:55 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: 64 (167), 6 months: 47 (244), 3 months: 50 (229), 4 weeks: 53 (230), 1 week: 51 (222)

Average visitor rating: 9.12/10 from 124 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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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2019-03-17 2017-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)   300-800 70-700 70-700
Free Download XBPS ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop   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 aarch64, 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 current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) 1.1.7 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.14.0) 9.11.5 -- -- --
chromium (73.0.3683.86) 70.0.3538.110 -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) 2.2.9 -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.0) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (66.0.1) 63.0.3 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.0) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.3.0) 8.2.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.4 -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.32.0) 3.30.2 -- -- --
gnucash (3.4) 3.3 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.7) 3.24.1 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.38) 2.4.37 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) 0.92.3 -- -- --
k3b (18.12.3) 18.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 25 24 19
krita (4.1.8) 4.1.5 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.2) 6.1.3 -- -- --
linux (5.0.4) 4.19 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.13) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.0) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.0.0) 18.2.5 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.15) 5.6.38 -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.0) 3.30.4 -- -- --
NVIDIA (418.56) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (12) 8u202b00 -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1b) -- -- -- --
perl (5.28.1) 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.3) 7.2.12 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.15.3) 5.14.3 -- -- --
postfix (3.4.4) 3.3.1 -- -- --
postgresql (11.2) 9.6.11 -- -- --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.12.2) 5.11.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.10.0) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (241) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.6.0) 60.3.0 -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- --
vlc (3.0.6) 3.0.4 -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.4) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-03-21
Votes: 4


I've dropped Arch and switched to Void. This is probably my best decision since I've started to use Linux as a desktop 10 ago. Void rolling release model is solid rock. I'm using up-to-date packages without sacrificing stability. It is light weight. In Arch, viral dependency tree of most packages probably include systemd. But this is not the case for Void. Default init is runit and does a very good job out-of the box. I couldn't be more satisfied. Void has done an absolutely good job..


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Version: current
Rating: 7
Date: 2019-02-07
Votes: 16


Great distro with good potential. Rolling release model that will always give the latst software. Minimal install but not as bare bones like Arch. Even more positive is that they use runit as init system rather that the de facto standard systemd. The only weakness of the distro is that the wiki needs much more work to be able to help the user in setting up their system. No real forum is also a serious weakness. These two things needs to be in place if void is ever going to attract more new users.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-02-03
Votes: 28


VOID = Flawless, 6 months in and loving it! Very stable and robust, easy on resources and CLI commands easy to learn. Very happy and content with running a cutting-edge distribution so close to Linux releases, awesome it is just so very stable with zero issues.

Created an Openbox window manager from Xfce, and removed what I didn't need. Works perfectly with all my configs from my previous distribution.

VOID uses its repositories and very heavily populated with all the applications that I normally use plus new ones like CPU-X, nice application. Recommend a new user to first go over and read the VOID wiki and write down a few things that may be different in a guided install. There is also a Rosetta Stone page to help with CLI commands correlation with major architectures and the similar xbps command. Just easy go with learning!

Not a fly by night project, very well supported with a plethora of information and now the forum is back up! Kudos to the VOID team, highly praise this exemplary distribution.

By the way, no con so no complaints!


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