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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.

It is available for the Intel x86®, ARM® and MIPS® processor architectures; Software packages can be built natively or cross compiling through the XBPS source packages collection.

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Not a fork!

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

Unlike trillions of other existing distros, Void is not a modification of an existing distribution. Void's 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 void-packages repository.


We use runit as the init system and service supervisor.

runit is 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).

void-packages changes

xbps changes

April 03, 2016

Void Linux featured German Linux User Magazin

Void Linux was featured in the newest Linux User Magazin in Germany (04.2016)

Void Linux on the frontpage of Linux User

The article describes the Void Linux from an end user perspective, explains how to boot and configure the system and mentions the most important key features of the distribution.

All in all for all german readers a great introduction and a recommended read when you start using void. You either can buy the Linux User Magazin at your local newsstand or get the PDF of the article here (0.99€)

March 31, 2016

LibreSSL 2.3 has landed!

We’re proud to announce that yet again we are the first and currently only Linux distribution that ships LibreSSL-2.3 by default.

In the last two days we rebuilt the whole repository with LibreSSL-2.3. The process took more than 24 hours and involved several fixes to packages that were not initially LibreSSL-2.3 compatible. There are still some packages that link against the older LibreSSL-2.2 but they will be fixed to use the latest LibreSSL within a few days.

Report any issues and thanks for using VoidLinux!

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