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Void

Last Update: 2018-05-22 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: 104 (104), 6 months: 110 (105), 3 months: 114 (101), 4 weeks: 112 (102), 1 week: 104 (89)

Average visitor rating: 9.28/10 from 83 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/LinuxTracker.org
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 2018-05-22 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 (9.12.1) 9.11.3 -- --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) 66.0.3359.170 -- --
cups (2.2.7) 2.2.7 -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) 1.44.2 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (60.0.1) 60.0.1 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.1.0) 7.3.0 -- --
gimp (2.10.2) 2.8.22 -- --
glibc (2.27) 2.26 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.28.2) 3.28.2 -- --
gnucash (3.1-1) 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 (2.4.33) 2.4.33 -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- --
k3b (18.04.1) 18.04.0 -- --
kmod (25) 25 24 19
krita (4.0.3) 4.0.3 -- --
libreoffice (6.0.4) 6.0.4 -- --
linux (4.16.11) 4.16 3.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.2.15) 10.1.30 -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.20.1 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.1.0) 17.3.3 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.11) 5.6.38 -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.28.1 -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- --
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 (5.26.2) 5.26.1 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.5) 7.2.5 -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) 5.12.0 -- --
postfix (3.3.1) 3.3.1 -- --
postgresql (10.4) 9.6.9 -- --
Python (3.6.5) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.10.1) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.8.2) 3.6.25 -- --
systemd (238) -- -- --
thunderbird (52.8.0) 52.8.0 -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- --
vlc (3.0.2) 3.0.2 -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.0) 1.19.6 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-11
Votes: 5


Great distro for more advanced users. It has all the benefits of Gentoo, but you don't have to compile everything, as it has a binary package manager as well as xbps-src. Main downside is the relatively small repositories.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-04-27
Votes: 8


Awesome Linux distro. It is moving really fast and you notice this right away from boot, a feat very few other distros can promise, claim and really have. Faster even than my Gentoo and lighting faster than anything systemd related I have tried before. Memory footprint is also small, a detail I value for my laptops where, in some situations, I am limited to 4GB RAM. Decent selection of packages and until now I managed to find anything I need for development and office. Being a rolling distro this may create some problems for some users. Not in my case though.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-04-23
Votes: 2


Devuan is cool because it doesn't have systemd, but void linux has an even simpler init system than sysvinit. I would gladly use void solely because of the init system, but you get other perks like a more BSD-like package management system w/ a ports tree.


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