Linux Distributions

Venom Linux – lightweight source based distro for advanced users

Venom Linux is a lightweight source based distribution designed for advanced Linux users. It uses BSD-style init based on sysvinit which is inspired by CRUX.

The distro uses scratchpkg as its main package manager. scratchpkg is a simple package manager that’s written in POSIX shell script. By default, Venom uses slim as the display manager to start openbox session for simplicity. There are other display manager available in the repo including lightdm, lxdm and sddm.

Goals of the distribution:

  • As minimal as possible.
  • Highly customizable.
  • No systemd (elogind or any part from it).
  • Focused on small apps (so nothing like GNOME is included).
Venom Linux
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Working state:Active
Desktop:Openbox
Init Software:SysV, runit
Package Management:scratchpkg
Release Model:Rolling
Platforms:x86_64
Home Page:venomlinux.org
Developer:Emmet
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

What's a Linux distribution ("distro")?

A distro provides the user with a desktop environment, preloaded applications, and ways to update and maintain the system.

Each distro makes different choices, deciding which open source projects to install and provides custom written programs. They can have different philosophies.

Some distros are intended for desktop computers, some for servers without a graphical interface, and others for special uses. Because Linux is an open source operating system, combinations of software vary between Linux distros.
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