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Last Update: 2018-10-06 23:22 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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Average visitor rating: 8.62/10 from 26 review(s).

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/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://nixos.org/wiki/
Screenshots http://nixos.org/nixos/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
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, download links and checksums:
 • 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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Feature 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Feature
Release Date 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                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 500-1100 300-900             Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Default Desktop
Package Management Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Nix Package Management
Release Model 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, 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 i386, x86_64 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 18.09 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Full Package List
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Version: 18.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-18
Votes: 1

NixOS is an acquired taste, as at first I found it a enormous pain in my rear, but after a while of using it, it grew on me. According to Repology its unstable repo is second only to Arch's AUR for size, although there are definitely some missing packages, including some I've tried to get added to their repo, with the help of their very helpful community. NixOS's main weaknesses are related to its FHS-noncompliance, e.g.:

* Python packages often have file collisions and sometimes simply do not work like they're meant to. For example, setting up Matplotlib to be used by SageMath and Julia has been a challenge I have not managed to overcome. I've tried using: nix-shell -p gobjectIntrospection gtk3 '(python27.buildEnv.override { extraLibs = with python27Packages; [ matplotlib pygobject3 ]; ignoreCollisions = true; })' and running sage in said shell, but still Matplotlib will not work.

* The C/C++ extension of VSCode will not work under it, due to its FHS-noncompliance. I have tried editing its settings json and setting up symlinks between gcc and clang binaries to their usual FHS-compliant locations (e.g. in /usr/bin) and neither has worked.

both I have asked for help in the #nixos IRC channel, with a solution in sight. Other than that its reproducible builds, the ability to revert updates, its functional approach to configuration and package management, its helpful community, great documentation, etc. are all great strong points.

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Version: 18.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-01-11
Votes: 0

Has issues with importing python packages. Doesnt have some packages.

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Version: 18.09
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-12-17
Votes: 13

NixOS is phenomenal software that is marred by low manpower and an uninviting community.

• The installation procedure is succinct.
• The software is innovative.
• The system is easy to manage via the configuration.nix file
• Ability to install software on a per-user basis or system-wide via the configuration.nix file is great for development.

• Contradictory documentation due to articles being written for different versions of the OS.
• Lack of packages due to effort required for packaging, but still a good selection of software.
• Community interactions are a hit or miss, definite elitism in some of the interactions I've had with NixOS users and likely devs.
• Some functions do not work, such as issues with Plymouth or the inability to silence boot output.

I believe that all of the issues with this OS can be fixed with more contributors and users. Hopefully NixOS can get to where it needs to be for high adoption, but NixOS as a community has a long way to go.

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