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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 6000 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.

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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).

void-packages changes

xbps changes

November 10, 2015

Announcing the new Wiki and Forums

For a while now we have used github for our wiki. We wanted to make contributing to the wiki easier, and be able to make it look better. Since most users are familiar with mediawiki that is what we went with. All of the existing content was imported into the new wiki, and it is live at wiki.voidlinux.eu. Searching and organization should be improved from the github experience. We look forward to seeing new contributors and your feedback.

We are also taking this time to announce our new forums. We hope to build a community here, users can share screenshots, talk about their Void Linux setups, ask questions, and more.

During this process we have started a new void-infrastructure team and we will be publishing our chef cookbooks and infrastructure code to our new github organization Void Infrastructure. We currently have a chef-server deployed, and are working to open source our existing cookbooks.

November 10, 2015

XBPS 0.50 is out

A new XBPS stable version has been released: 0.50. This is a minor release that contains bugfixes:

  • libxbps: another bugfix for conflicts; do not take into account conflicts in installed pkgs when the same pkg is in the transaction.

  • xbps-alternatives(1): symlinks are now always created relative to the rootdir of the target file. Implemented by Enno Boland (@Gottox).

  • libxbps: fixed a bug in package conflicts: ignore conflicts for packages that are going to be removed.

  • xbps-alternatives(1): dangling symlinks are now supported, because the target directory is always created.

  • Updated zsh completions, by Steve Prybylski.

  • xbps-checkvers(1): Joey Gouly has fixed bug #120.

  • libxbps: when configuring all packages ignore internal xbps objects of pkgdb. Fixes an assertion with xbps-reconfigure -a.

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

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