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Void Linux Review – For The Record

Void Linux Review – For The Record Posted on March 8, 20182 Comments
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast. Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.
(Last Updated On: March 8, 2018)

Void Linux Review. Today I finally get to a requested review of Void  Linux. Using Void Linux reminds me a little bit of using Arch, since it  only installs what you ask it to. Void Linux configuration is straight  forward, although as I mention in the video, the documentation is hit  and miss.

+ Get Void Linux – https://www.voidlinux.eu/

++ Resource pages mentioned in the review:

+Void Post Installation – https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Post_Installation

+ Void Tips – http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/void/voidtips.htm

+ Void Service Handling – https://wiki.voidlinux.eu/Runit#Basic_usage

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Matt Hartley
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast.

Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.

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RE: binpkgs at the 4 minute 20 mark.
xbps-src is for building your packages from source should you want to compile with different flags/options etc. Once it’s compiled, it creates the pkg and puts it in …/binpkg. It sounds like you were expecting a repo of pre-built binary pkgs which doesn’t exist.

Bart van deenen
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Pretty good review! Over the last year, I’ve moved 3 Linux machines from Ubuntu to Void, mostly because I really wanted a non-systemd system. The chromium issue must be something unusual; xbps-install chromium worked fine with me (although I prefer Vivaldi these days). All in all, I’m very happy with Void, because it’s actually Linux, not systemd with a Linux kernel. Void is a system that you can understand, and it might have its quirks, but those can at least be understood and solved, which I find often not to be the case with systemd. Runit is simply magical, it’s… Read more »