After going through a variety of Linux distributions (from PopOS/Fedora to Arch and NixOS), I’ve settled on Void Linux. It’s a great blend of stability and simplicity with rolling-release model.
Void install process is straightforward: follow the steps in the TUI installer. I’ve used the base minimal ISO without any desktop environments.
Void has an excellent handbook that covers everything you need to know in order to setup a working system.
The package manager in Void is. It’s a collection of several programs for performing various tasks. It’s very fast and reliable: I’ve never had any problems during upgrades.
While it’s useful to get comfortable interacting with the package manager directly, Void also provides a collection of handy helper scripts under the
|install a package|
|update all packages|
|search for packages in the repos|
|query info about an installed package|
|query remote repos|
|list programs using outdated libraries (use after updates)|
|locate a specific file in packages|
|sync with remote database|
|list files of a package|
|read manpage of any (non-installed) package|
|list all installed packages|
|list only manually installed|
|dump all manually installed packages into a text file|
See manpage for
xtools for more info.
If using BTRFS filesystem,
snapper can be set up for automatic snapshot creation.
$ xbps-install -S snapper snooze
Generate a default config for
snoozeservices for daily and hourly tasks.
$ ln -s /etc/sv/snooze-daily /var/service $ ln -s /etc/sv/snooze-hourly /var/service
List of manually installed packages
Automatically update list of installed packages daily with
$ xbps-install -S snooze $ ln -s /etc/sv/snooze-daily /var/service # activate snooze service for daily tasks $ echo '#!/bin/sh' >> /etc/cron.daily/pkglist-update $ echo 'xpkg -m > /home/kkga/void-pkglist.txt' >> /etc/cron.daily/pkglist-update
Void’s handbook has a section on how runit works.
- if Firefox isn’t displaying some charactes, install the
External display brightness
Use either the
ddcutil package (requires
i2c-dev kernel module loaded) or install the
ddcci-dkms package and use any regular backlight utility.
# load the needed kernel module $ modprobe i2c-dev # adjust brightness on 1st display $ ddcutil -d 1 setvcp 10 70 # adjust brightness on 2st display $ ddcutil -d 2 setvcp 10 70
Install the DKMS driver and a backlight utility.
$ xbps-install -S ddcci-dkms brillo
Load the module.
$ modprobe ddcci
Use the backlight utility as usual.
Ethernet on newest Realtek cards (R8125) doesn’t work out of the box (as of Linux 5.9). Download the Linux driver from Realtek website and follow the instructions.