In the vast and ever-evolving landscape of Linux distributions, DistroWatch has emerged as a popular hub for tracking and comparing different distros. Based on the distro’s page hits, its rating system provides valuable information for many Linux enthusiasts.
While imperfect, DistroWatch ratings still serve as a good benchmark, offering insights and a starting point for exploring the vast array of Linux options.
Recently, however, something caught our attention, namely the average rating, which now has a new leader.
Void Topped DistroWatch’s Average Rating
Linux enthusiasts and distro-hoppers are always looking for the next big thing in the world of operating systems. Recently, Void Linux has emerged as a standout contender, grabbing the top spot on DistroWatch’s average rating list.
The average rating was, for many years, dominated by Arch Linux, but now, albeit slightly surprisingly but entirely deservedly, Void has topped it.
Despite its 15-year history, Void has never achieved the kind of popularity that some other top Linux distributions have. The main reason for this is that it is primarily aimed at advanced users, and the closest thing to Void we can think of is Arch.
However, with one huge difference, Void is a fully systemd-free Linux distribution.
For our readers who have not yet tried Void, we will summarize its main advantages, which have primarily contributed to this pleasant surprise in DIstroWatch’s Void rating.
Independent & Original Linux Distro
Void is a community-driven Linux distribution in the full sense of the word. This means that it is wholly independent and entirely developed by volunteers. At the same time, unlike most Linux distributions, it is not a derivative of any other. Instead, it is an original one, built from scratch.
The distro strives to provide most software’s latest stable versions by following a rolling release model. This means packages are continuously updated as soon as they become available, rather than being released in scheduled, versioned updates like in traditional point release distributions.
Void is Systemd-Free Linux Distro
Void is a fully systemd-free Linux distribution that has removed systemd from its arsenal. Instead, it uses runit as an init system. As a result, only some distributions can compete with Void Linux’s speed.
XBPS Package Manager
Void uses the XBPS package manager, which is fast, reliable, and designed specifically for the distro. It is a collection of programs that are related and similar in structure but with different goals, such as
Musl Libc Support
The distro offers an alternative to the GNU C Library (glibc) by supporting Musl libc. Musl is a lightweight, fast, and secure implementation of the C library, and its integration with Void Linux allows for smaller and more efficient binaries.
Customizability and Flexibility
Void provides users with one of the top-notch degrees of customization and flexibility in the Linux world. Similarly to Arch, Void does not come with a preinstalled desktop environment. It does not impose many preset configurations or defaults, allowing users to shape their system to their needs and views.
The fact that Void Linux has topped DistroWatch’s average rating is a testament to its growing popularity and the satisfaction of its user base. Known for its simplicity, lightweight design, and focus on user control, it has stood out among the numerous Linux distributions available today.
Furthermore, the dedication of the Void community and developers should be noticed. Their continuous efforts in maintaining a stable, reliable, and secure distribution have played a significant role in the positive user experiences reported on DistroWatch.
So why not give it a try? If you have concerns about installation – don’t. Our “How to Install Void Linux: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide” article covers you.