Project Organization

This project exists with the goal of being a staging area, which means to keep as few patches as possible not upstreamed.

Therefore, vast majority of patches are intended for submission as soon as they are ready. There are some exceptions to this - for example, our xbps template is modified to use our own repositories, same with the void-packages config so that building using xbps-src will automatically pull in binaries.

The project welcomes contributors. If you have changes, you may choose to either work on them with us, or submit them directly for the upstream repository. In that case, please tag the respective maintainers in order to keep track.

The current active maintainers are:

  • q66 - lead maintainer, all targets; tag always
  • pullmoll - 64-bit big endian related matters
  • stenstorp - 32-bit related matters

Discussion channels

All decisions are made in our GitHub organization and there is an IRC discussion channel on freenode, #voidlinux-ppc. You might want to join for quick contact and keeping track of discussion. Since the channel does not have that much activity, off-topic discussion is permitted, as well as discussion related to PowerPC but not Void itself.


The project also accepts hardware donations for testing. We do not accept financial donations.

Git repository structure

We have several repositories:

  • void-packages - the fork itself; contains our "ports tree"
  • void-mklive - also forked from upstream; contains the installer and live media generator
  • void-ppc-docs - contains this documentation
  • - the website

There may be other repositories that are forks of various projects or the developers' repositories.

The void-packages and void-mklive repositories have two primary branches that are identical contents-wise. The master branch contains all the latest changes and is maintained using the merge strategy, so you will always be able to pull from it safely. The staging branch is like master but is maintained using the rebase strategy, which means it's not safe to pull from, but has a clean history that makes it obvious how ahead/behind upstream we are.

Other branches are usually temporary, for pull requests. Users and contributors are encouraged to base theirs off master for convenience.