These are the minimum system requirements when using a live base image i.e. an image without a bundled Desktop Environment:
|i686-glibc||Pentium 4 (SSE2)||96MB||350MB||Ethernet/Wifi*|
*Networking is required to download additional packages while using the live image as well as to perform a network-based install
Linux beginners are suggested to select from one the following flavours bundled with ready-to-try desktop environments instead.
Additional live images with flavours (an additional desktop environment with autologin) are also available. Here's a quick overview of the main components and applications included with each flavour:
|Window Manager||Enlightenment Window Manager||Mutter (Muffin)||Openbox||Openbox||Metacity (Marco)||xfwm4|
|File Manager||Enlightenment File Manager||Nemo||PCManFM||PCManFM-Qt||Caja||Thunar|
|Web browser||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR||QupZilla||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR|
|Document viewer||-||-||-||-||Atril (PS/PDF)||-|
|Plain text viewer||-||-||-||-||Pluma||Mousepad|
|Image viewer||-||-||GPicView||LXImage||Eye of MATE||Ristretto|
|Other||Mixer, EConnMan (connection manager), Elementary Test||LXTask (task manager), MIME type editor||Screen grabber||Screen grabber, file finder, MATE color picker, MATE font viewer, Disk usage analyzer, Power statistics, System monitor (task manager), Dictionary, Log file viewer||Bulk rename, Orage Globaltime, Orage Calendar, Task Manager, Parole Media Player, Audio Mixer, MIME type editor, Application finder|
Please note that the system requirements for these graphical live images are higher and will vary depending on which desktop environment you choose. Also, currently some images can be problematic:
- The musl LXQt image comes with a broken web browser
- The musl Cinnamon image comes with a broken DE (forum thread)
Writing a live image to an USB drive
Please note that Void Linux ISOs are USB bootable by default, so you just need to write the image to the usb/cd/dvd drive with
dd, no special tools are required.
First, identify your usb's current device name. At a plain shell prompt:
$ sudo fdisk -l
From the output, you might determine that the device name is
/dev/sdc or otherwise, but for safety's sake, it will appear here as
Then, ensure that that device is unmounted. Change
sdx in the following line to your usb's device name:
$ sudo umount /dev/sdx
Change to the directory where your .iso was downloaded to. For example:
$ cd /home/yourusername/Downloads
Change the following line to display the correct image name and correct device name. Note
sdc1, etc. would be incorrect as they refer to partitions.
$ sudo dd bs=4M if=void-live-x86_64-20170220-lxde.iso of=/dev/sdx && sync
From Windows onto a USB device
If you must use Windows to write the image and are looking for a GUI based app, USBWriter is proven to work on pendrives (USB sticks) and even SD cards. Most USB writers for Windows that promise to get the job done tend to mangle the data in such a way that the media isn't bootable at all.
From Linux/BSD/OS X/Windows onto a DVD/CD
Disk burning applications may be used to burn the .iso - not copy it as a single file - onto a DVD. Void Linux's base images may fit on larger CDs (image sizes are described above). Note: Response times during live sessions running from DVDs/CDs will be markedly slower than those running from a USB or hard drive.
Live images include two accounts:
The anon account is a member of the wheel group, which allows you to run
sudo to escalate privileges in order to run administrative commands.
To start the installer, run
void-installer as root or
sudo void-installer as anon.