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Last Update: 2019-04-27 23:41 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: 50 (217), 6 months: 42 (239), 3 months: 43 (247), 4 weeks: 46 (218), 1 week: 50 (215)

Average visitor rating: 9.11/10 from 144 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 --
Download Mirrors https://www.voidlinux.org/download/
Bug Tracker --
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Reviews 2018: DistroWatchLinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2018-11-12 2017-10-07 2015-02-21
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 300-800 70-700 70-700
Free Download ISO ISO ISO
Installation 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
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
Asian Language Support      
Full Package List current 20181111 20171007
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) 1.1.7 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- --
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.15.2) -- -- --
chromium (75.0.3770.142) -- -- --
cups (2.2.11) -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.45.3) 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (68.0.1) 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (9.1.0) -- -- --
gimp (2.10.12) -- -- --
glibc (2.29) 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.32.2) -- -- --
gnucash (3.6) -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.45) -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk (3.24.10) 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.39) -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- --
k3b (19.04.3) -- -- --
kmod (26) 25 24 19
krita (4.2.3) -- -- --
libreoffice (6.2.5) -- -- --
linux (5.2.2) 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.4.6) -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.1) 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (19.1.2) 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.17) -- -- --
nautilus (3.32.1) -- -- --
NVIDIA (430.34) -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (12.0.1) -- -- --
openssh (8.0p1) 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1c) -- -- --
perl (5.30.0) 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.7) -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.16.3) -- -- --
postfix (3.4.6) -- -- --
postgresql (11.4) -- -- --
Python (3.7.4) 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.13.0) 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.10.6) -- -- --
systemd (242) -- -- --
thunderbird (60.8.0) -- -- --
vim (8.1) -- -- --
vlc ( -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.5) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-21
Votes: 1

Although the install was not what I would call "smooth", I was able to get it running with out to much trauma. Reminded me of my first Arch install.

Minimal even by minimalist standards. Although I did not use an installer image with a desktop environment, opting for base only. So your mileage may vary.

Going to stay here for a while. Feels like I'm actually running linux again.

"I like systemd, It's a good OS. If they could only find a decent init system."

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-20
Votes: 8

If you're a complete Linux/Unix newbie then stop! You will be better served by something like Ubuntu/Fedora/OpenSuse. Having gotten that out of the way, if you have used Linux before then you will fit right in. Instead of an in depth review let me just list the things that I like about Void.

- You are in as much control as you want. e.g. You can use the void-installer to install Void or you can do it using the chroot method. It works equally well either way. FWIW I've always installed Void using the chroot method for the extra control.
- Runit is super fast and super easy and as uncomplicated as an init process needs to be. There will always be arguments about whether systemd is good or bad for Linux. If you want to move past these arguments and want a dead-simple but fast as hell init system then runit is your answer. I'll say no more.
- xbps is wicked fast and works flawlessly. (See some thoughts in the CONS section)
- Musl is lighting quick compared to glibc, but again it's your choice whether you want glibc or musl, noting is forced on you. What's more you can have a base musl system and run glibc apps in an chroot env and vice-versa with ease.
- xbps-src build env. is super convenient for building not just native packages, but also cross-compiling packages for other architectures like ARM/MIPS etc right from your x86_64 env. I built a complete Void OS for MIPS right from my x86_64 box.
- For a rolling distro it's stable as a rock. I've yet to had crash/kernel-lockups etc. in any of my boxes and I've been running Void for 2+ years. Anecdotal evidence, I know, so take it for what it's worth.
- Flexible alternatives in many areas that are equally easy to install and configure. e.g. X11/wayland , ConsoleKit2/elogind, ALSA/pulseaudio/Jack/sndio, KDE/GNOME/XFCE/LXQT/LXDE/i3/dwm/sway
What sets Void apart here is that every alternative is equally easy to install and setup. No preference is given to any specific alternative.

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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-14
Votes: 20

Amazing distribution.

+Xbps is great at handling installations and updates, aswell as looking up files with -query and installing new repos aswell.
+Installation is easy to do, no need for doing any of the manual stuff required, but still gives you a well customized base system.
+Is probably one of the most free systems out there using better alternatives of the big packages (e.g. Musl, LibreSSL, runit).

-I've killed about 3 installations, but that's only my fault.

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