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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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xbps changes


January 19, 2023

Void Accepted to Fastly Fast Forward!

Did you know that Void has over 20 mirrors? We have mirrors all over the world, but just having a bunch of servers isn’t enough to effectively deliver package updates to all Void users. A mirror that is nearby can have extremely good performance if you know it’s there and switch to it, but for many people what we would like to offer is just a URL that works anywhere in the world to provide the best download experience available in that location. When you look at what we’re trying to achieve, its pretty clear we’d be trying to build a content delivery network (CDN) for Void.

Rather than re-inventing the wheel, we reached out to the team at Fastly to see if they’d be interested in working with us to improve the default package experience for Void users globally. We’re excited to announce that the answer is yes; Void has been accepted to the Fastly Fast Forward program. As part of this project, we’ll be provisioning a new repo URL that will retrieve packages via Fastly’s global CDN.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for the new mirror to become live, and a post about how Void’s mirror infrastructure works!

December 01, 2022

US Mirror Issues

The US mirror, repo-us.voidlinux.org, is currently having hardware issues and is no longer syncing with the other mirrors for the time being. Until this is fixed, switching to another mirror is recommended. There are several other mirrors located in the US that are still operational.