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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).


void-packages changes

xbps changes


October 03, 2021

US Mirror Retirement

The alpha.us.repo.voidlinux.org mirror has been retired. Users should switch to https://repo-us.voidlinux.org for continued service out of the central US. As part of the switch the US tier one mirror has gained TLS, and is running on a more reliable host.

All contributors with in-flight PRs should rebase to ensure that the latest URL is reflected in your branch’s CI configuration.

September 23, 2021

Hacktoberfest 2021

Are you ready for Hacktoberfest 2021? Void Linux is! We’re excited to be participating for our 5th year. Contributions that help to address our out-of-date packages queue are especially welcome. This is a great way to dip your feet into the world of Linux distro package management and what happens behind the scenes to provide a wide selection of packages and make sure your system remains up to date.

Updating packages is very easy. You can select a package from the list of out of date packages and update it using the tools in the void-packages repo. The manual might be of assistance when you are updating packages.

As a general rule, we recommend that newcommers to the Void Linux project steer clear of “structural” packages unless you have specific domain knowledge that qualifies you to work on high-risk packages. When selecting a package to update, prefer packages registered to orphan@voidlinux.org. These packages are otherwise unmaintained, and your contribution will have a bigger impact. You can update packages that have a maintainer assigned, but understand that conflicting changes between a maintainer and contributor will be resolved at the discretion of Void staff.

Here are some useful tips when updating packages:

  • While we’re not completely opposed to PRs that add new packages, you’re much more likely to get your PR approved and merged if it’s a well written update.
  • Don’t PR broken code. Our maintainers are much less likely to give a second look to a PR that didn’t build when it was submitted.
  • While it’s possible to run xbps-src from an alien distro, this isn’t really supported. If you’re a seasoned Linux user and want to try Void, now is the time!
  • The update list is sometimes wrong. We’d love to get patches that improve its reliability by ignoring beta versions or adding checks to packages that are not correctly detected as out of date.
  • If you have expertise in C, GNU Autotools, or other build systems, taking a look at projects that we’ve marked as incompatible with cross compilation and fixing the upstream issue can be an amazing contribution that impacts more than just Void.

We look forward to working with the amazing world of open source developers this month to improve Void and continue our high standards for quality and reliability. To ensure your PR has the best chance at being accepted, feel free to reach out for help as explained in the manual. Together, we can make this a high-impact Hacktoberfest.