Posted on May 04, 2017 by Colin
Yesterday, I set it upon myself to try out Void Linux. It’s a relatively new distro, which came out within the last few years. Unlike a lot of distros nowadays which are based off of Ubuntu, Fedora, or some other distro, Void is written completely from scratch. It uses it’s own init system (runit), and it’s own package manager (XBPS).
After using it for the last day or so on my laptop, I am nothing but pleased with it. It is systemd-free, and still gives me a minimal base to start off with, just like what I used to have when I previously ran Arch. I had no problems getting it to connect to Wi-Fi, or had any weird power management issues like I used to have on Fedora. Currently, there are no problems with it at all! This is a first for me. Another thing that also got to me was how fast it booted up the first time. On Arch I thought a 10 second boot time on an SSD was quite decent. On Void, however, it was probably a second or two, tops. Runit is no slouch when it comes to boot times.
The only gripe with Void I currently have is the lack of packages. I’ve currently come across a few I’m quite used to having on other distros, namely Remmina and the Vanilla-DMZ Xcursor set. I plan on packaging both projects for the Void package repository, so hopefully I could help the (smaller) community out a bit.
In conclusion, I’m quite impressed with Void Linux. It’s relatively stable, extremely fast, and simple in a way where it doesn’t baby you but is still easy enough to manage. This is definitely my favorite distro now, and it is exactly what Arch should’ve been before they decided to go with systemd and make other changes.