Void provides live installer images containing a base set of utilities, an installer program, and package files to install a new Void system. These live images are also useful for repairing a system that is not able to boot or function properly.
x86_64 images for both
musl based systems. There are
also images for
i686, but only
glibc is supported for this architecture.
Live installers are not provided for other architectures. Users of other
architectures will need to use rootfs tarballs, or perform an installation
Void releases two types of images: base images and "flavor" images. Linux beginners are encouraged to try one of the more full-featured flavor images, but more advanced users may often prefer to start from a base image to install only the packages they need.
The base images provide only a minimal set of packages to install a usable Void system. These base packages are only those needed to configure a new machine, update the system, and install additional packages from repositories.
Each of the Void "flavor" images includes a full desktop environment, web browser, and basic applications configured for that environment. The only difference from the base images is the additional packages and services installed.
The install process for each of the flavor images is the same as the base
images, except that you must select the
Local source when installing. If
Network instead, the installer will download and install the latest
version of the base system, without any additional packages included on the live
Comparison of flavor images
Here's a quick overview of the main components and applications included with each flavor:
|Window Manager||Enlightenment Window Manager||Mutter (Muffin)||Openbox||Openbox||Metacity (Macro)||xfwm4|
|File Manager||Enlightenment File Manager||Nemo||PCManFM||PCManFM-Qt||Caja||Thunar|
|Web Browser||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR||QupZilla||Firefox ESR||Firefox ESR|
|Document Viewer||-||-||-||-||Atril (PS/PDF)||-|
|Plain text viewer||-||-||-||-||Pluma||Mousepad|
|Image viewer||-||-||GPicView||LXImage||Eye of MATE||Ristretto|
|Other||Mixer, EConnMan (connection manager), Elementary Test||-||LXTask (task manager), MIME type editor||Screen grabber||Screen grabber, file finder, MATE color picker, MATE font viewer, Disk usage analyzer, Power statistics, System monitor (task manager), Dictionary, Log file viewer||Bulk rename, Orage Globaltime, Orage Calendar, Task Manager, Parole Media Player, Audio Mixer, MIME type editor, Application finder|