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NixOS

Last Update: 2017-11-27 13:55 UTC


NixOS is an independently developed GNU/Linux distribution that aims to improve the state of the art in system configuration management. In NixOS, the entire operating system, including the kernel, applications, system packages and configuration files, are built by the Nix package manager. Nix stores all packages in isolation from each other; as a result there are no /bin, /sbin, /lib or /usr directories and all packages are kept in /nix/store instead. Other innovative features of NixOS include reliable upgrades, rollbacks, reproducible system configurations, source-based model with binaries, and multi-user package management. Although NixOS started as a research project, it is now a functional and usable operating system that includes hardware detection, KDE as the default desktop, and systemd for managing system services.

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NixOS Summary
Distribution NixOS
Home Page http://nixos.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.science.uu.nl/mailman/listinfo/nix-dev
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://nixos.org/wiki/
Screenshots http://nixos.org/nixos/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://nixos.org/nixos/download.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/issues
Related Websites  
Reviews 17.x: DistroWatchLinuxFR (French)
15.x: DistroWatch
14.x: LinuxFR (French) • OrdinatechnicLinuxFR (French)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-10-03: Distribution Release: NixOS 17.09
 • 2017-03-31: Distribution Release: NixOS 17.03
 • 2016-10-03: Distribution Release: NixOS 16.09
 • 2016-04-01: Distribution Release: NixOS 16.03
 • 2015-09-30: Distribution Release: NixOS 15.09
 • 2014-12-31: Distribution Release: NixOS 14.12
 • 2014-05-01: Distribution Release: NixOS 14.04
 • More NixOS releases...

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Feature 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Feature
Release Date 2017-10-02 2016-10-03 2016-04-01 2016-02-05 2015-09-27 2015-02-25 2014-07-19 Release Date
End Of Life               End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 300-900             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd systemd Init Software
Journaled File Systems               Journaled File Systems
Multilingual               Multilingual
Asian Language Support               Asian Language Support
Full Package List 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Full Package List
Package 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.0 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.5) 1.1.4.1 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 alsa-lib (1.1.5)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3.30 4.2 4.2 bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.0) 9.11.2 9.10.4-P3 9.10.3-P4 9.10.3 9.9.5 9.9.5 9.9.5 bind (9.12.0)
chromium (64.0.3282.167) 61.0.3163.79 53.0.2785.116 49.0.2623.110 49.0.2623.28 40.0.2214.115 36.0.1941.0 -- chromium (64.0.3282.167)
cups (2.2.6) 2.2.2 2.1.4 2.1.3 2.0.4 1.7.5 1.5.4 1.5.4 cups (2.2.6)
dhcp (4.4.0) 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.1-ESV-R6 4.1-ESV-R6 dhcp (4.4.0)
e2fsprogs (1.43.9) 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.42.8 e2fsprogs (1.43.9)
firefox (58.0.2) 55.0.3 49.0 45.0.1 43.0.3 39.0.3 34.0.5 25.0.1 firefox (58.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.6.2 2.5.4 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.12 freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.3.0) 6.4.0 5.4.0 5.3.0 5.2.0 4.9.2 4.8.3 4.7.3 gcc (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.22 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.8.6 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) 2.25 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.20 2.19 2.17 glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.26.2) 3.24.3 3.20.3 3.18.3 3.16.1 3.12.2 3.10.2.1 -- gnome-shell (3.26.2)
gnucash (2.6.19) 2.6.12 2.6.12 2.6.9 2.4.15 -- 2.4.15 2.4.15 gnucash (2.6.19)
gnumeric (1.12.38) 1.12.35 1.12.32 1.12.26 1.12.23 1.12.18 1.12.12 -- gnumeric (1.12.38)
grub (2.02) 2.02 20151116 20151116 20150727 2.02git 2.00 2.00 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.28) 3.22.8 3.20.9 3.18.5 3.16.6 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.8.8 gtk+ (3.22.28)
httpd (2.4.29) 2.4.27 2.2.31 2.2.31 2.4.16 2.4.16 2.4.10 2.4.7 httpd (2.4.29)
inkscape (0.92.2) 0.92.2 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 0.48.4 inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.12.2) 17.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (17.12.2)
kmod (25) 24 23 22 21 18 17 12 kmod (25)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (6.0.1) 5.2.6 5.2.0 5.1.0 5.0.1 4.3.5 4.0.5 4.0.5 libreoffice (6.0.1)
linux (4.15.4) 4.13.4 4.4.23 4.4.6 3.18.25 3.14.50 3.12.37 3.12.15 linux (4.15.4)
Package 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.13) 10.1.26 10.1.17 10.1.9 10.0.22 10.0.15 10.0.11 -- mariadb (10.2.13)
mate-desktop (1.20.0) 1.18.0 1.15.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.0)
mesa (17.3.5) 17.1.8 12.0.3 11.1.2 10.6.9 10.2.9 10.0.5 9.1.7 mesa (17.3.5)
mysql (5.7.21) 5.7.19 5.7.15 5.5.48 5.5.45 5.5.45 5.5.37 5.5.34 mysql (5.7.21)
nautilus (3.26.2) 3.24.2.1 3.20.2 3.18.5 3.16.2 3.12.2 3.10.1 -- nautilus (3.26.2)
NVIDIA (390.25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (390.25)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u161) 8u144 8u122 8u76 8u60 7u65 7u65 7u6 openjdk (8u161)
openssh (7.6p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.2p1 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (7.6p1)
openssl (1.1.0g) 1.1.0f 1.1.0b 1.0.2g 1.0.2f 1.0.1p 1.0.1k 1.0.1g openssl (1.1.0g)
perl (5.26.1) 5.24.2 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.22.0 5.20.1 5.16.3 5.16.3 perl (5.26.1)
php (7.2.2) 7.1.8 7.0.11 7.0.2 5.6.16 5.4.44 5.4.35 5.4.23 php (7.2.2)
plasma-desktop (5.12.2) 5.10.5 5.7.4 5.5.5 5.3.2 -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.12.2)
postfix (3.2.5) 3.1.3 3.1.2 2.11.5 2.11.5 2.11.3 2.8.12 2.8.12 postfix (3.2.5)
postgresql (10.2) 9.6.5 9.5.4 9.5.1 9.4.5 9.4.4 9.3.5 9.2.6 postgresql (10.2)
Python (3.6.4) 3.6.2 3.5.2 3.5.1 3.4.4 3.4.2 2.7.8 2.7.6 Python (3.6.4)
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.1 5.7.0 5.5.1 5.3.2 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.6 qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.7.5) 4.6.7 4.3.11 4.3.6 4.2.3 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.22 samba (4.7.5)
systemd (237) 234 231 229 217 217 212 203 systemd (237)
thunderbird (52.6.0) 52.3.0 45.3.0 38.7.0 38.3.0 31.7.0 24.5.0 17.0.11 thunderbird (52.6.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.0) 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.1.5 2.1.4 2.1.1 vlc (3.0.0)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2 4.10.3 4.10.2 4.10.2 xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.3 1.18.3 1.17.4 1.17.2 1.16.4 1.14.7 1.13.4 xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: 17.09
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-10
Votes: 17


Not the best distro for newbies, but by far the best for people who want reliable dependable gnu/linux environments


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Version: 17.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-31
Votes: 0


Wonderful distro,albeit not my type.Lack of packages is its biggest problem for now-if you have the time to work with such a distro and to build new packages(I don't ) it is perhaps the perfect Linux out there.


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Version: 17.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-12-30
Votes: 1


Despite some rough edges, the configuration management of NixOS bring it so far ahead of any competition. Declarative configuration is definitely the future.


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