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Void

Last Update: 2018-01-17 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".

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Average visitor rating: 9.29/10 from 70 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 LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Main_Page
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.voidlinux.eu/download/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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Feature current 20150221
Release Date 2018-01-17 2015-02-21
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB)   71-637
Free Download XBPS ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce Cinnamon, Enlightenment, MATE, Xfce
Package Management XBPS XBPS
Release Model Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- --
Processor Architecture armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64 armv6, armv7, i686, x86_64
Init Software runit runit
Journaled File Systems btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs btrfs, ext3, ext4, xfs
Multilingual    
Asian Language Support    
Full Package List current 20150221
Package current 20150221
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 --
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.5 1.0.28
ati-driver (16.40) -- --
bash (4.4.12) 4.4 4.3
bind (9.11.2-P1) 9.10.6 --
chromium (63.0.3239.132) 63.0.3239.84 --
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.6 --
dhcp (4.3.6) 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.43.8) 1.43.8 1.42.12
firefox (57.0.4) 57.0.4 35.0.1
freetype (2.9) 2.9 2.5.5
gcc (7.2.0) 7.2.0 --
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 --
glibc (2.26) 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.26.2 --
gnucash (2.6.19) 2.6.19 --
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.36 --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.22.26) -- 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.29) 2.4.29 --
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 --
k3b (17.12.1) 17.12.0 --
kmod (25) 25 19
libgnome (2.32.1) -- --
libreoffice (5.4.4) 5.4.4.2 --
linux (4.14.14) 4.14 3.18.7
Package current 20150221
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- --
mariadb (10.2.12) 10.1.28 --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.18.0 1.8.1
mesa (17.3.2) -- 10.4.4
mysql (5.7.21) 5.6.38 --
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.26.2 --
NVIDIA (387.22) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 --
openjdk (8u151) 8u182b00 --
openssh (7.6p1) 7.6p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.0g) -- --
perl (5.26.1) 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.2.1) 7.2.1 --
plasma-desktop (5.11.5) 5.11.5  
postfix (3.2.4) 3.2.4 --
postgresql (10.1) 9.6.6 --
Python (3.6.4) 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.10.0) 5.8.0 --
samba (4.7.4) 3.6.25 --
systemd (236) -- --
thunderbird (52.5.2) 52.5.2 --
vim (8.0) 8.0 --
vlc (2.2.8) 2.2.8 --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.6 1.17.1

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.3
from 70 review(s)



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Version: current
Rating: 3
Date: 2018-01-17
Votes: 0


Really? Is that what you've got when you remove systemd? A really messy system?

Ok then. I've tested the Xfce version and the installation is so ugly and old that reminds me of 90's era.

Also, you need to read all of its documentation to figure out how to install it, you must use the terminal like it or not. Another problem is that there is no option to set up an automatic install, if you don't know how to make a partition, you are in trouble using Void.

Void is far from being for newcomers, even that some shia/fanatic users say it's easy. I did not even talk about the worst, musl, glibc... Also, their package manager isn't that good, it needs serious enhancement to become "usable".

To use this distro you'll need to read all this wiki (which is not as complete as Arch wiki).


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Version: current
Rating: 5
Date: 2018-01-12
Votes: 0


Like all other minimal distros (Gentoo, arch, slackware (rolling), ect.) it's a headache to maintain. Things break constantly in return for slightly faster boot times.

Xpbs seems more like an experiment than a decent package manager.

Runit is pretty good but lacks some features of systemd in return for some slightly better boot times.

Overall it's yet another headache to deal with. Not good for a new PC but probably good for a netbook from 2010 or so.

I'd recommend Solus for a better rolling release desktop experience


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-30
Votes: 1


Pro:
- general KISS approach, bloat free
- runit init system, no systemd
- rolling release
- musl C-lib compiled binaries available
- ultra fast and minimalistic package manager
- small packages with as little dependencies as possible
- no surprises, once it works, it works

Cons:
- installation instructions not really helpful, when installing on EFI system with LUKS encrypted root directory, took me two days tinkering


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