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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

September 29, 2016

LXQt 0.11 now available!

The LXQt project has just announced the 0.11 version with multiple bugfixes and it’s now available for Void on i686, x86_64, and x86_64 with musl.

A screenshot of LXQt 0.11 running on Void:


September 17, 2016

aarch64 support has landed!

Thanks to a lot of effort of Christian Neukirchen and the help of Duncan Overbruck getting the builder up and running the aarch64 target is now officially supported by Void, so you can now run Void on your 64-bit ARM computers without compiling everything yourself!

In March 2015, Chris bootstrapped the first aarch64 base-system — without any access to real hardware. Everything was cross-compiled or used a really slow QEMU when this wasn’t possible. Mid-2015, Void got access to a virtualized instance on a real aarch64 machine (thanks to DataCentred), an offer which unfortunately shut down in late 2015.

In May 2016, Chris bought an ODROID-C2 and resumed porting. Soon, the first installable image was prepared and ran on native hardware.

In September 2016, a virtual machine was dedicated to be the official aarch64 cross-builder, and now packages are officially provided (both for glibc and musl)—so far in the seperate repository: https://repo.voidlinux.eu/current/aarch64.

We are still looking for powerful native aarch64 hardware to avoid cross-compiling, and also to build 32-bit ARM packages natively.

We thank all contributors for making this port possible, especially Nick Jones from DataCentred and the folks from Arch Linux ARM.

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