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Void

Last Update: 2018-11-27 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: 9.19/10 from 114 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 --
Related Websites  
Reviews 2018: LinuxInsiderOrdinatechnic
2017: Linux.comDistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
2015: Alv.me (Russian) • DistroWatch
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 •2018-12-05 Void publishes tips and tricks
 •2018-05-01 Void team plans resource migration
 •2017-12-07 Advent of Void tutorials
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Feature current 20181111 20171007 20150221
Release Date 2018-11-27 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 (1.1.7) 1.1.7 1.1.7 1.1.4.1 1.0.28
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3
bind (9.13.5) 9.11.5 -- -- --
chromium (71.0.3578.98) 70.0.3538.110 -- -- --
cups (2.2.10) 2.2.9 -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.6 --
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) 1.44.4 1.44.4 1.43.6 1.42.12
firefox (64.0) 63.0.3 52.9.0 52.4.0 35.0.1
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 2.9.1 2.8.1 2.5.5
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.0 -- -- --
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.4 -- -- --
glibc (2.28) 2.28 2.28 2.26 2.21
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.30.2 -- -- --
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.44 -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.00
gtk+ (3.24.2) 3.24.1 3.24.1 2.24.31 2.24.26
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 -- -- --
k3b (18.12.0) 18.08.3 -- -- --
kmod (25) 25 25 24 19
krita (4.1.7) 4.1.5 -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.1.3 -- -- --
linux (4.19.9) 4.19 4.18.17 4.12.13 3.18.7
Package current 20181111 20171007 20150221
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 0.9.3 --
mariadb (10.3.11) 10.1.30 -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.8.1 1.8.1
mesa (18.3.1) 18.2.5 18.2.4 17.2.2 10.4.4
mysql (8.0.13) 5.6.38 -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.30.4 -- -- --
NVIDIA (415.18) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 --
openjdk (10.0.2) 8u202b00 -- -- --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.5p1 6.7p1
openssl (1.1.1a) -- -- -- --
perl (5.28.0) 5.28.0 5.28.0 5.26.1 5.20.2
php (7.3.0) 7.2.12 -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) 5.14.3 -- -- --
postfix (3.3.2) 3.3.1 -- -- --
postgresql (11.1) 9.6.11 -- -- --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.15 2.7.15 2.7.14 2.7.9
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.2 5.10.1 5.8.0 --
samba (4.9.3) 3.6.25 -- -- --
systemd (239) -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.3.3) 60.3.0 -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 -- -- --
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.4 -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.12.4 4.10.3
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 1.19.4 1.17.1

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Average rating
9.2
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Version: 20181111
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-13
Votes: 1


Best light distribution without systemd.
Stable and fast. Unique.
Good luck, long live for it.


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Version: current
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-13
Votes: 1


This is a really killer distro. I've been spending the last year or so simplifying my system as much as possible, removing every piece of software that I can, but there's only so far you can go with that on a mainstream distro before you run into problems. With some time, some experience, and some persistence, this distro can be made to really sing.

I had some problems with the setup, but they could all be overcome, and it probably had to do with my unusual hardware (nvme ssd). All the necessary packages are present, and when it's missing ones I used to think I needed, it offeres a better way to do it anyway.

XBPS is a very powerful package manager, and even gives me access to a list of all manually-installed packages so that I can keep track of my installation and clean up after myself when I finish projects. Very, very fast as well. Much better than Aptitude, Zypper, Synaptic, etc.

Additionally, by using runit instead of systemd, so much memory and time is saved. I stay under 200M ram usage for the majority of my work, and I haven't even done much optimization. The boot process is smooth and quick, as is the shutdown. Ran into some problems with the shutdown command, but init to runlevels 0 and 6 works perfectly.

If you're going to use this on an enterprise network, like at a university, I recommend using Network Manager for your networking, even though it is more bloated than wpa-supplicant. It will just take you less time, and hardly costs but a few MiB of ram. But maybe I'm just lazy?

All in all, a great distro for those who hate bad software.


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Version: 20181111
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-08
Votes: 3


Super easy to setup wireguard, runs and makes a secure connection with one command. Has support for all the common drivers. Setup is easy, no frills but nothing forgotten. No bloat on install. Community maintains all the packages you'd want in a customizable general-use OS (namely IceCat browser for me). 10/10


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