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Void

Last Update: 2018-07-18 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 (100), 6 months: 107 (96), 3 months: 114 (88), 4 weeks: 114 (78), 1 week: 106 (81)

Average visitor rating: 9.21/10 from 89 review(s).


Void Summary
Distribution Void
Home Page http://www.voidlinux.eu/
Mailing Lists https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/voidlinux
User Forums https://forum.voidlinux.eu/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Main_Page
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.voidlinux.eu/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 2018-07-18 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 (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.2) 9.11.4 -- --
chromium (67.0.3396.99) 66.0.3359.170 -- --
cups (2.2.8) 2.2.8 -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.44.3) 1.44.3 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (61.0.1) 61.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.1.0) 7.3.0 -- --
gimp (2.10.4) 2.10.4 -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.28.3) 3.28.2 -- --
gnucash (3.2) 2.6.19 -- --
gnumeric (1.12.41) 1.12.39 -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.30 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.34) 2.4.33 -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- --
k3b (18.04.3) 18.04.2 -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 19
krita (4.1.1) 4.1.0 -- --
libreoffice (6.0.5) 6.0.4 -- --
linux (4.17.8) 4.17 3.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.8) 10.1.30 -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.1.4) 18.1.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.11) 5.6.38 -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.28.1 -- --
NVIDIA (396.24) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (10.0.1) 8u182b00 -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0h) -- -- --
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.1 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.8) 7.2.7 -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.3) 5.12.0 -- --
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.1 -- --
postgresql (10.4) 9.6.9 -- --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.11.1) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.8.3) 3.6.25 -- --
systemd (239) -- -- --
thunderbird (52.9.1) 52.9.1 -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- --
vlc (3.0.3) 3.0.3 -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.20.0 1.19.4 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.2
from 89 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-07-08
Votes: 4


Coming from arch. Installation is easy. Runit is so simple and fast compared to systemd. Xbps-src is amazing tool for compiling suckless and other software from source. Documentation is harder to find at first since duckduckgo does not include posts from void linux forum, but you can search it there. Non musl version is working well for me.


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Version: current
Rating: 4
Date: 2018-06-25
Votes: 0


I see no reason to use this over using Artix/Arch with runit. xbps is slower than pacman, less packages, more breakage and overall just less polished than Arch. It seems to be designed soley to compete with Arch for no reason other than systemd, although the user friendly installer is nice. (Although Artix has the exact same things)
Look at your options.
Artix:
-Has more documentation (archwiki)
-Has a more stable base
-Faster
-Less likely to break
-Has a small dev team like Void but whos work is simply to make packages compatible with runit. Less strain on devs, more stability
-A nice, GUI installer
Void:
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-
- ...
-It's different?
Seriously, I've tried to find a point in Void for 2 months now, it just seems like a useless distro in every aspect. No offense to the devs, but in my opinion time would be better spent on Artix. And no, I'm not playing favoritism here. I'm often critical of pacman as a whole


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-16
Votes: 8


Great package manager and init system, boots in about 5 seconds. I have been using it for nearly a year and so far have not had a single problem with it. I use it as my main OS.


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