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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 a variety of platforms. Software packages can be built natively or cross compiled through the XBPS source packages collection.

Follow us on Twitter, visit the #voidlinux IRC channel on libera.chat, and join the Void Linux subreddit.

Visit the Void build server console for package build status updates.

Contribute to the Void Linux project by adding and updating packages and extending the documentation. More information can be found in the Handbook.


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.

Stable rolling release

Void focuses on stability, rather than on being bleeding-edge. Install once, update routinely and safely.

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.

runit

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. Refer to the Void Handbook for an introduction.

C library diversity

Void Linux supports both the musl and GNU libc implementations, patching incompatible software when necessary and working with upstream developers to improve the correctness and portability of their projects.

XBPS

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). Refer to the Handbook for an overview.

xbps-src

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).


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May 26, 2021

Void Linux freenode Channels Have Been Hijacked

We have been made aware that during the mass channel takeover that is ongoing on freenode that bogus ##voidlinux and ##xbps channels have been created in the secondary namespace.

We do not operate or engage with these channels, and we do not maintain an official presence on the freenode network. We are still in the process of finalizing the shutdown of the #xbps and #voidlinux channels in the primary namespace, and have removed our channels from the public listing as part of this process.

Though you should always exercise caution when running code obtained from the internet, we urge you exercise extreme caution when using any code from any channels on the freenode network that claims affiliation with the Void Linux project. You can always find our official points of presence listed at the top of our home page.

If you want to ask the Void team questions in real-time about this or any other Void related matter, feel free to ask at any time in #voidlinux on irc.libera.chat.

May 21, 2021

IRC network switch to Libera

Given the recent upheaval at Freenode, the Void Linux team has made the decision to switch to another IRC network. Our network of choice is libera.chat, managed by former Freenode staff. When accessing #voidlinux and #xbps, be sure to use irc.libera.chat! We are excited to welcome you there, and hope this doesn’t inconvenience anyone unduly. Be sure to let us know of any issues.

Contacting us will remain the same: you can open an issue on GitHub or ping us in the new #voidlinux channel on libera.chat.