Steve Litt on 21 Oct 2015 20:45:51 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Void Linux tips

On Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:24:26 -0400
Josh Zenker <> wrote:

> I was unaware of Void. How would you compare it to a modern distro
> with a similar philosophy like Arch?

Very similar, with the exception that Arch inexplicably inits with
systemd, an extra layer of abstraction that seems like a contradiction
of its close-to-the-metal philosophy. Both Arch's pacman and Void's xbps
package managers are outstanding. As far as I know, Arch offers only a
chroot installation, whereas with Void you get a choice between an
install script and a chroot installation. Arch documentation is
wonderful, Void documentation sucks. Both are rolling releases. Void
installs a base installation in about 15 minutes, Arch takes longer,
perhaps much longer for those inexperienced with chroot installs.

For me, the elephant in the room was systemd, which Arch embraces
enthusiastically, and which Void formerly used as its init before
dumping it for runit.

If you compare Void with Slackware, Void's package manager deals with
dependencies, Slackware's not so much.

Hope this helps answer your question.


Steve Litt 
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