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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 4500 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).

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.

March 06, 2015

XBPS 0.44 is out

A new XBPS stable version has been released: 0.44. This is a major release that contains new features, bugfixes and performance improvements.

Major highlights:

  • xbps-uunshare(8): new utility for xbps-src that uses Linux user namespaces to perform the container setup.

  • xbps-pkgdb(8): added a new mode to set in installed packages: repolock. If that mode is set with -m repo(un)lock, a package will only be updated if there’s an update in the same repository that was used for installing. This implements #77.

  • libxbps: globally check for unresolved reverse dependencies and shared libraries while installing/updating/removing packages.

And more… see the NEWS file for more details.

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

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