Void Linux: an old school Linux born in Spain

Void Linux: an old school Linux born in Spain
Void Linux: an old school Linux born in Spain

It is usual, When you talk about a Linux distribution, you are referring to the ‘mother’ distribution which in turn is based on this. In the end, the number is pretty small: most are based on in Debian (all in turn based on Ubuntu, for example) Red Hat in Slackware or in Arch Linux.

But a small percentage of these distributions are as a minority like original and were created from scratchusually by a small group of volunteers (including a single person). Today we’re going to talk about a member of this select group that was born in Spain, even though it’s already internationalized, and that has more surprises than its mere origin: let’s talk about it Void Linux,

User, I’m introducing you to Void

Void Linux was born in 2008 thanks to Juan Romero Pardines, who was previously a NetBSD employee (a Linux cousin operating system). His goal was to test XBPS with it (X Binary Package System), a package management system that he himself had created the BSD based on the operation of the DPKG,

That’s not the only thing that differentiates it from other Linux:

  • Your starting system is not systemd (what has become not without controversy in the ‘de facto’ standard within the Linux world), but runit, a much simpler system that we can find in other UNIX operating systems.
  • Your library C, fundamental for the compilation of the main programs, including the kernel (kernel) does not correspond to the standard of the Linux world (Glibc), but Apply MUSL instead (although it still offers a Glibc-based version)
  • Package management is not only based on the technology developed for BSD: has also replaced OpenSSL with LibreSSL, a fork developed by the OpenBSD project.

“All efforts by other distributions to attract Windows users and provide a user-friendly experience for inexperienced users are far from Void’s goals.”

Who is this distribution for?

For obvious reasons, Void Linux is usually represented as “the most similar Linux to a BSD”, So much so that the old TrueOS (a FreeBSD-derived system than before) it was called PC-BSD (which was recently renamed Trident) will abandon the * BSDs based on the Linux distribution that affects us. No doubt If you are a Linuxero with curiosity for the worldwide BSD or vice versa, Void is your distribution,

And for the rest of the users? I won’t fool you: Void is often referred to as “old school Linux” (So ​​they rated it on Linux.com). Any effort that other distributions make Attract Windows users and by providing inexperienced users with a user-friendly experience, they are far from Void’s goals: Sir, go ahead, his installation process is in text mode,

Cancel Linux installationHere is the test: This is what the Void Linux installation tool looks like.

Also, its appearance doesn’t seem to mean much to its creators.: freshly installed, looks much less than a Linux Mint or an elementary operating system, In fact, at least in its XFCE version, it looks something … old. But we can solve that by personalizing the look of our desks.

Therefore we can recommend this distribution Who is looking for a stable and lightweight operating system that can be used to learn how to manage and use a Unix?: Provides a great opportunity for this old Linux user to locate the documentation first and then proceed with the installation.

We will spare you this step recommended to grip well Your official documents good to your wiki (also officially) or to this installation guide hosted on Troubleshooters.com,

This is the desktop of the XFCE version of Void Linux that is run from a LiveCD
This is the desktop of the XFCE version of Void Linux that is run from a LiveCD

Select version …

Void Linux’s latest “Stable Edition” is from 2018, but that doesn’t mean that it is out of date or in any way out of date. Constantly updated without fear of version changes.

If we go to your website and try to download an ISO, we will find several versions: First, depending on the desired architecture (Intel, for PCs, with a distinction between 32 and 64 bits; or ARM, with a version for Raspberry Pi 1 and 2, in addition to BeagleBone, CubieBoard2, Odroid U2 / U3 and USB Armory).

In the versions for Intel we find the following versions: according to the standard desktop environment (which does not prevent later installation):

  • No desktop environment
  • Zimtschreibtisch.
  • XFCE desktop.
  • LXDE desktop.
  • LXqt desktop.
  • Enlightenment desk.


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