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The Void (Linux) distribution

Void is a general purpose operating system, based on the monolithic Linux® kernel. Its package system allows you 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 5000 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 collection.

Not a fork!

Void Linux is an independent distribution, developed entirely by volunteers.

Unlike trillions of other existing distros, this is not a modification of an existing distribution, its package manager and build system have been written from scratch.

Rolling release

Install once, update daily. Your system will always be up-to-date.

Thanks to our continuous build system, new software is built into binary packages as soon as the changes are pushed to the github repositories.


We do use runit as native init system and service supervisor.

A simple and effective approach to initialize the system with reliable service supervision. See the usage page for a brief introduction.


We were 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.


xbps is the native system package manager, written from scratch with a 2-clause BSD license.

xbps allows you to quickly install/update/remove software in your system and features detection of incompatible shared libraries and dependencies while updating or removing packages (among others). See the usage page for a brief introduction.


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).

April 29, 2015

ARM USB armory platform support

The Inverse Path USB armory ARM platform is now fully supported and a 2GB SD image as well as a rootfs have been created to use Void on them.

Thanks to Enno Boland for testing the hardware and making the required changes to void-packages and void-mklive to generate the base platform package usbarmory-base.

In contrast to other supported platforms the USB armory has a static network configuration. Once the usb armory is plugged in and booted it will be registered as USB networking device. Configure the device as follows:

# ip addr add broadcast dev enp0s20u2u3

Then log in using ssh:

# ssh -lroot

The default password is voidlinux

Check the downloads section to grab them!

March 21, 2015

XBPS 0.44.1 is out

A new XBPS stable version has been released: 0.44.1. This is a minor release that contains bugfixes.

  • libxbps: fixed xbps_get_pkg_fulldeptree() when a pkg depends on itself via virtual packages. Reported by Duncan Overbrook.

  • portableproplib: fixed a regression introduced in 0.44 resulting in EBADF while internalizing plists.

  • xbps-uunshare(8): does not fork and run cmd in the child process anymore, replaces the execution environment with cmd instead.

  • xbps-uunshare(8): do not fail if we cannot disable setgroups; some kernels might not support it. Found by Christian Neukirchen on 3.16.

  • xbps-reconfigure(8): added -i/--ignore to usage(), by Christian Neukirchen.

  • Updated zsh completions, by Christian Neukirchen.

  • xbps-checkvers(8): fixed regression introduced in 0.44 adding packages manually to the list as arguments.

Please report issues at https://github.com/voidlinux/xbps/issues.

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