Void is an underrated distro experienced users should check out

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  • void-packages

    The Void source packages collection

    Void is an independent binary distro created in 2008. Installed from a TUI installer, you assemble the user experience yourself. Void follows a conservative rolling release model and uses Runit instead of SystemD. Software is kept vanilla without Void branding. All the claims to fame are on the website [https://voidlinux.org/](https://voidlinux.org/). The following is why I use void, and why it may be a good option for you to. The conservative rolling model keeps behind a little bit, but not by a lot. New bugs introduced in major software versions have time to get squashed before reaching the end user. But you also won't have issues with old software making it a pain to interact with the outside world, and you won't be waiting for an OS release cycle for other bug fixes. You get relatively recent software without massive update downloads. Some users report going several years between updating and surviving without damage. Void has a package called void-docs which installs a complete offline copy of the Void Handbook. Very useful when you have limited or no internet connection. I find the Void Handbook to be more human readable than massive wikis like Arches or Debian's. It's a lot simpler and very well written. The lack of SystemD is nice. I've not once had bootup or shutdown get stalled for an unreasonable amount of time. 99.99% of the time, shutdown is under 5 seconds, and bootup is less than 15. Seeing "job for 1m 30s" is always a blood boiler. No infinite jobs either. Void is constructed traditionally. It's not specialized for container fancy pants stuff, reproducability, or immutability. It doesn't hide the complexities of the system for sake of newb friendliness, nor does it create an overly complex system for sake of elitism. Just a common sense OS that you can modify system files, install packages without rebooting, and won't get in the way of tinkering. A system that a nerd can put together and modify to their wants and needs for desktop use. There's a reason why many people say it's the most BSD-like Linux distro.

  • systemd

    The systemd System and Service Manager

    If you have a reproducer for an issue that shows how systemd violates what TimeOutStopSec is documented to do, I'm sure the systemd project would appreciate an issue on that: https://github.com/systemd/systemd/issues/

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