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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.


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).


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).

Additionally xbps-src can build natively or cross compile for the target machine, and supports multiple C libraries (glibc and musl currently).

February 22, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2 platform support

The Raspberry Pi 2 (ARMv7) platform is now fully supported and a 2GB image as well as a rootfs have been created to use Void on them.

Thanks to some donations I've been able to test the hardware and merge the required changes to void-packages and void-mklive to generate a working rootfs/image.

As any other supported ARM platform, once booted, dhcpcd, ntpd and sshd are started automatically to be able to connect to it via ssh (log in as root, password voidlinux).

Check the downloads section to grab them!

February 21, 2015

New x86 live images

New x86 (32/64 bits) ISO live images are now available for public consumption. All images (including the minimal one with base-system) now include the following software:

  • cryptsetup
  • lvm2
  • mdadm

The installer now has an option to not install the bootloader, if the user decides to not install it. However, note that if you don't install the bootloader it's your problem to update it.

Additionally there's now a new flavour containing the latest Cinnamon Desktop Environment.

Check out the Download section to grab them.

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