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NixOS

Last Update: 2019-10-09 17:00 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 https://discourse.nixos.org/
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Documentation https://nixos.org/wiki/
Screenshots http://nixos.org/nixos/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
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Download Mirrors http://nixos.org/nixos/download.html
Bug Tracker https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/issues
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-10-09: Distribution Release: NixOS 19.09
 • 2019-04-11: Distribution Release: NixOS 19.03
 • 2018-10-06: Distribution Release: NixOS 18.09
 • 2018-04-04: Distribution Release: NixOS 18.03
 • 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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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 19.09 19.03 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Feature
Release Date 2019-10-09 2019-04-11 2018-10-06 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 2020-04                   End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 500-1400 500-1100 500-1100 300-900             Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop KDE Plasma KDE Plasma KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed 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, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 aarch64, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 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 systemd systemd systemd Init Software
Journaled File Systems                     Journaled File Systems
Multilingual                     Multilingual
Asian Language Support                     Asian Language Support
Full Package List 19.09 19.03 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Full Package List
Package 19.09 19.03 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.0 -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.2.1) 1.1.9 1.1.8 1.1.6 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 (1.2.1)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3.30 4.2 4.2 bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.5) 9.14.4 9.12.3-P1 9.12.2 9.11.2 9.10.4-P3 9.10.3-P4 9.10.3 9.9.5 9.9.5 9.9.5 bind (9.15.5)
chromium (78.0.3904.97) -- -- 69.0.3497.81 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 (78.0.3904.97)
cups (2.3.0) 2.2.12 2.2.10 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 (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.1-ESV-R6 4.1-ESV-R6 dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) 1.45.3 1.44.5 1.44.4 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.42.8 e2fsprogs (1.45.4)
firefox (70.0.1) 69.0.1 66.0.2 62.0.3 55.0.3 49.0 45.0.1 43.0.3 39.0.3 34.0.5 25.0.1 firefox (70.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1 2.9 2.7.1 2.6.5 2.6.2 2.5.4 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.12 freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 8.3.0 7.4.0 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 (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- 2.10.6 2.8.22 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.8.6 gimp (2.10.14)
glibc (2.30) 2.27 2.27 2.27 2.25 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.20 2.19 2.17 glibc (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- -- 3.28.3 3.24.3 3.20.3 3.18.3 3.16.1 3.12.2 3.10.2.1 -- gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) -- -- 2.4.15 2.6.12 2.6.12 2.6.9 2.4.15 -- 2.4.15 2.4.15 gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- 1.12.39 1.12.35 1.12.32 1.12.26 1.12.23 1.12.18 1.12.12 -- gnumeric (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 2.02 2.02 20151116 20151116 20150727 2.02git 2.00 2.00 grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) 2.24.32 3.24.5 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 (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- 2.4.34 2.4.27 2.2.31 2.2.31 2.4.16 2.4.16 2.4.10 2.4.7 httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- 0.92.3 0.92.2 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 0.48.4 inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.3) -- -- 18.08.0 17.08.1 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (19.08.3)
kmod (26) 26 25 25 24 23 22 21 18 17 12 kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- 4.1.1 3.2.1 3.0 -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.3) -- -- 6.0.5 5.2.6 5.2.0 5.1.0 5.0.1 4.3.5 4.0.5 4.0.5 libreoffice (6.3.3)
linux (5.3.11) 4.19.78 4.19.34 4.14.74 4.13.4 4.4.23 4.4.6 3.18.25 3.14.50 3.12.37 3.12.15 linux (5.3.11)
Package 19.09 19.03 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Package
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.10) -- -- 10.2.17 10.1.26 10.1.17 10.1.9 10.0.22 10.0.15 10.0.11 -- mariadb (10.4.10)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- 1.20.0 1.18.0 1.15.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.4) 19.1.5 18.3.4 18.1.7 17.1.8 12.0.3 11.1.2 10.6.9 10.2.9 10.0.5 9.1.7 mesa (19.2.4)
mysql (8.0.18) -- -- 5.7.23 5.7.19 5.7.15 5.5.48 5.5.45 5.5.45 5.5.37 5.5.34 mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) -- -- 3.28.1 3.24.2.1 3.20.2 3.18.5 3.16.2 3.12.2 3.10.1 -- nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (440.31) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (440.31)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13) -- -- 10.0.2 8u144 8u122 8u76 8u60 7u65 7u65 7u6 openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) 7.9p1 7.9p1 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.2p1 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.0.2r 1.1.0i 1.1.0f 1.1.0b 1.0.2g 1.0.2f 1.0.1p 1.0.1k 1.0.1g openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) 5.30.0 5.28.1 5.24.4 5.24.2 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.22.0 5.20.1 5.16.3 5.16.3 perl (5.30.1)
php (7.3.11) -- -- 7.1.22 7.1.8 7.0.11 7.0.2 5.6.16 5.4.44 5.4.35 5.4.23 php (7.3.11)
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) 5.16.5 5.14.5 5.13.4 5.10.5 5.7.4 5.5.5 5.3.2 -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.3)
postfix (3.4.7) -- -- 3.3.1 3.1.3 3.1.2 2.11.5 2.11.5 2.11.3 2.8.12 2.8.12 postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.1) 9.6.15 9.6.12 10.5 9.6.5 9.5.4 9.5.1 9.4.5 9.4.4 9.3.5 9.2.6 postgresql (12.1)
Python (3.8.0) 3.7.4 3.7.3 3.7.0 3.6.2 3.5.2 3.5.1 3.4.4 3.4.2 2.7.8 2.7.6 Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.2) 5.12.0 5.12.0 5.11.1 5.9.1 5.7.0 5.5.1 5.3.2 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.6 qt (5.13.2)
samba (4.11.2) 4.10.8 4.7.12 4.7.9 4.6.7 4.3.11 4.3.6 4.2.3 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.22 samba (4.11.2)
systemd (243) 243 239 239 234 231 229 217 217 212 203 systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.2.2) -- -- 60.2.1 52.3.0 45.3.0 38.7.0 38.3.0 31.7.0 24.5.0 17.0.11 thunderbird (68.2.2)
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- 3.0.4 2.2.6 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.1.5 2.1.4 2.1.1 vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- -- 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.3 4.12.2 4.10.3 4.10.2 4.10.2 xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 1.20.5 1.20.4 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 (1.20.5)

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Version: 19.09
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-10-26
Votes: 2


Being able to version control your entire declarative OS setup is a real positive change. I think nix and NixOS are some of the most exciting things out there in the OS space right now.
I've found it very stable, the documentation good, and the entire experience rewarding.


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Version: 19.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-07-13
Votes: 12


Lots of wrong comments about NixOS having FHS-noncompliance. You can use steam.run (which is steamless fhs chroot) or buildfhsuserenv, if you want FHS environment. The only problem with nix is that you will have to learn nix expression language, which is far more complex than text config, but it pays off. Nixos is the only system that manages config and updates in the way which doesnt rob flexibility at same time saving lots of time typically wasted on updating configs. Its also the only system which can be managed remotely via anydesk or similar, which doesnt break on update, so its awesome for desktop of your parents and manage-free gaming system, not just for development. You just need to strap yourself together and read nix manual, look at nix wiki, visit nixcon and nix community over at discourse.

I been using many systems, starting from Ubuntu right to Gentoo, Nixos beats them all.


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Version: 19.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-11
Votes: 3


By far the most stable OS I've ever ran due to it unique package management and rollback system that nix offers. I've been using it for both work and hobby for the past few months and its a very complete ecosystem (discounting that nixops has a lack of documentation (nixops is not part of nixos)). Personally I would like to see nix as a standard for how package management should be done and expect that in time other package managers will form similar models given the success of this one (and I pray that vendored package management solutions like NPM will follow the principle set by nix).


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