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== The Void (Linux) distribution ==
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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.
Currently there are over 6000 optimized binary packages for the x86, x86_64, ARMv6, ARMv7 architectures; also there's support to build (natively or cross compiling) from sources any package easily that is available in the XBPS source packages collection.
== Not a fork! ==
Void Linux is an independent distribution, developed entirely by volunteers.
Unlike trillions of other existing distros, this is not a modification of an existing distribution, its package manager and build system have been written from scratch.
== LibreSSL ==
We were the first distribution to switch to LibreSSL by default, replacing OpenSSL.
Due to the Heartbleed fiasco we believe that the OpenBSD project has qualified and pro-active developers to provide a more secure alternative.
== Rolling release ==
Install once, update daily. Your system will always be up-to-date.
Thanks to our continuous build system, new software is built into binary packages as soon as the changes are pushed to the github repositories.
== 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). See the usage page for a brief introduction.
== runit ==
We do use runit as native init system and service supervisor.
A simple and effective approach to initialize the system with reliable service supervision. See the usage page for a brief introduction.
== 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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