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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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Enter the void - News

Latest 10 recent news (see index)

November 09, 2016

Mate-1.16 and Cinnamon-3.2

Void ships mate-1.16.0 and cinnamon-3.2.1 now. Both updates providing bugfixes and solving compatibility issues with newer gnome libraries.

Screenshots of both running on Void:

mate-1.16 cinnamon-3.2

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.

August 31, 2016

We Love Your Privacy: repo.voidlinux.eu as tor hidden service

The Void Linux Community is pleased to announce that our main repository- and build servers are now available as tor hidden services.

The onion addresses are:

Feel free to test the onion addresses with xbps:

# torsocks xbps-install -M -i --repository=http://fd6dqrupy3af4xwb.onion/current xbps

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!

December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2015

Void Linux at the 32c3

Fairy Dust

The 32nd Chaos Communication Congress (32C3) is an annual four-day conference on technology, society, and utopia located in Hamburg/Germany. This is a great opportunity for us to meet and get in touch with Void users.

If you want to learn about Void feel free to join our assembly.

December 12, 2015

XBPS 0.51 is out

A new XBPS stable version has been released: 0.51. This is a minor release that contains bugfixes:

  • zsh completion: added -U/--unpack-only support for xbps-install(1).

  • libxbps: initialize locale to be able to unpack UTF-8 encoded packages files correctly with the musl C library.

  • alternatives: preserve current order while updating packages.

  • alternatives: always create the directory where the symlink is stored, in case this does not exist yet.

  • libxbps: another bugfix for conflicts: do not take into account packages that are on hold mode.

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

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.

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