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WORK IN PROGRESS --Sth (talk) 15:58, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

X.Org Server is the free and open source implementation of the display server for the X Window System stewarded by the X.Org Foundation.

Xorg is the de facto standard for running graphical applications in Linux and Unix; it does not come preinstalled as part of the base system in Void Linux, so manual installation and some configuration is necessary if you plan to use graphical applications with Void.


The Void repositories contain the xorg metapackage which include Xorg and its related utilities including X fonts, basic applications, and input/video drivers. To install this metapackage and a basic terminal emulator, type:

# xbps-install  xorg xterm

For a more minimal Xorg implementation, the Void repositories also contain a smaller metapackage xorg-minimal, which contains the Xorg server, input drivers and a few additional utilities.

#xbps-install xorg-minimal

Please note that xorg-minimal does not include everything you need to run an X session. To get up and running using this metapackage, you will need to determine the correct video driver for your hardware

# xbps-install  xf86-video-intel -> for Intel GPUs
# xbps-install  xf86-video-ati -> for AMD/ATI GPUs
# xbps-install  xf86-video-nouveau -> for NVIDIA GPUs 
# xbps-install  xf86-video-vmware -> for VMWARE

You will also likely need to install a window manager or a full-featured desktop environment.