August 9, 2020

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Void Linux at a glance

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Today we’re going to talk about a quite particular distro: Void Linux. It´s a distribution built from scratch, which means that it is not based on any of the principal distros that we know.

The main features are:

  • Kernel 5.4.49 LTS.
  • Rolling release.
  • Runit init system, a replacement for sysvinit, systemd-free, which is really faster.
  • His own package management, called XBPS, built from scratch.

For those that work with Linux since a while, and probed many distros, we will notice certain similarities between Void Linux and other distributions like Arch or Slackware. We can say that Void Linux

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uses KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy.

Void Linux is available for a lot of architectures like x86, x86_64, Raspberry, Odroid, and many more. They also offers different installation images, from network / CLI install to live images with differents flavors like Xfce, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Mate, LXDE and LXQT.

Void Linux Installation Guide

Configuration and installation is really simple. We have a CLI Installer, it’s the same in all of the available images, and we call him with the “void-installer” command (using sudo).

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Void Linux Welcome Screen
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Void Linux Installer

It has the common options like other CLI installers, but I will explain the following:

Source

Here we can choose between two options: Local o Network . Local will install the contents of the live image, in this example, the contents of the XFCE live image. Network will make a base installation from their repositories, but once installation is finished, we will need to install and configure the desktop environment.

In case you choose local installation, you’ll need to make an update after system install.

Partition

Here you’ll create partitions with cfdisk to install the OS. At least, I recommend to create a 10GB partition. Once this is made, you need to write changes to the disk and return to the installer menu to continue with Filesystems option.

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cfdisk

Filesystems

Here you’ll format the created partitions with the filesystem of your preference and assign the mountpoint.

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Filesystem Menu

Once you’ve done with all the misc configurations, the Install option will write the changes to the disk. After that, you will be asked to reboot the system, or you can continue testing from the live session.

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Final Thoughts

Void Linux is an attractive option for those who loves KISS philosophy.  XBPS it’s an easy and robust package manager and, by the way, runit it’s really awesome, fast and a very interesting option for those who hate systemd.

Also read: Void Linux in Spanish version

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Bruno Ernesto Russo

IT enthusiast. My interests areas are operating systems, opensource software, servers, hardware, virtualization and networking.

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