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Void Linux: A Rolling-Release Distro From Scratch

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Published on 05 June 2013 10:36 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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Void Linux is a rolling-release Linux distribution that focuses upon speed, reliability, and flexibility. Void Linux deploys is built from scratch, deploys its own XBPS package manager, and builds upon existing packages like systemd and DKMS.

The distribution worth discussing tonight is Void Linux, which was pointed out today by another Phoronix reader. Void Linux isn't a brand new Linux distribution but its GitHub account traces back to last year though it's not too well known yet. At least Void Linux appears genuine than SphinUX OS, which was talked about earlier today and many indeed be a bunch of crap.

Void Linux with its package manager, XBPS, currently has over 3,000 packages for x86, x86_64, and ARMv6 hard-float architectures. With this from-scratch distribution, systemd is used as the system/session manager, a simplified DKMS is used for third-party kernel modules, RAMdisk images are made by Dracut, and there's realtime VM-based package building for this rolling release distribution.

Those interested in giving Void Linux a try with either the binaries or source code, visit VoidLinux.eu.

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