Void Linux

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About Void

Void is a Unix-like general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux kernel.

Void Linux was created in 2008 by Juan Romero Pardines, a former maintainer of NetBSD to have a test-bed for the xbps package manager. It has since grown into a full-featured Linux distribution.

Void Linux is not a fork! It is an independent distribution, developed entirely by volunteers. Unlike the majority of other existing distros, it is not a modification of an existing distribution; its package manager and build system have been written from scratch.

Excluding binary kernel blobs, a base install is composed entirely of free software, but users can access an official nonfree repository to install proprietary software.

Void Linux so far supports, in addition to several different processor architectures, two different implementations of the C standard library:

  • Musl: a lightweight alternative libc implementation
  • Glibc: The GNU C Library

Package Management

Void is based on a rolling-release distribution model. Thanks to our continuous build system, new software is built into binary packages as soon as the changes are pushed to the github repositories.

xbps allows users to quickly install, update and remove software; software is provided in binary packages or can be built directly from sources with the help of the XBPS source packages collection.

Currently there are over 6000 optimized binary packages for the x86, x86_64, ARMv6, ARMv7 architectures; also there's support to build (natively or cross compiling) from sources any package easily that is available in the XBPS source packages.

xbps-src is the xbps package builder, written from scratch with a 2-clause BSD license. This builds the software in containers through the use of Linux namespaces, providing isolation of processes and bind mounts (among others). No root required! Additionally xbps-src can build natively or cross compile for the target machine, and supports multiple C libraries (glibc and musl currently).

Init

Void Linux uses runit as its init system and service supervisor- a simple and effective approach to initialize the system with reliable service supervision.

Security

Void was the first distribution to switch to LibreSSL by default, replacing OpenSSL. Due to the Heartbleed fiasco we believe that the OpenBSD project has qualified and pro-active developers to provide a more secure alternative.