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Last Update: 2018-04-06 04:41 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: 8.71/10 from 17 review(s).

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
Documentation https://nixos.org/wiki/
Screenshots http://nixos.org/nixos/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://nixos.org/nixos/download.htmlLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker https://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs/issues
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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:
 • 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 18.03 17.09 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Feature
Release Date 2018-04-04 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) 300-1011 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 18.03 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: 18.03
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-04-17
Votes: 3

What a wonderful distro.

I love the packaging concept and rollback ability. I've been using Nixos for a week now and it will become my desktop. It is very stable, simple to configure things (once you begin to understand the NixOS way of doing things) and there is good community support. Also the NixOS manual is very good. I have yet to get into creating my own packages but I have a need to so have been reading up on it and it seems like a fairly straightforward process.

I'm quite happy with NixOS. I have been looking for an OS that meets my needs for a while now and this seems like the one I will stick with.

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Version: 17.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-22
Votes: 4

NixOS is not a distribution to start with and one should be on some level of hobbyist. However, if one has the time to relearn some concepts of GNU/Linux and exchange the known filesystem hierarchy standard against the concept of one read-only and configurable store, there will be lots of fun.

I'm using NixOS for round about a year on my laptop and for like 4 moth on a production server and really enjoy this experience. Mostly configuring the server's daemons is much easier and clearer in one (or multiple) configuration file with the same syntax than in over nine-thousand different configurations.

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Version: 17.09
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-03-17
Votes: 3

To get the most out of NixOS, you'll need to spend some time to learn how it works, and you'll probably need to make or adjust your own packages at some point.

That said, the distro is a joy (and a trip!) to administer, and a great platform for experimentation and rapid, fearless iteration on your config.

If you use NixOS for a few months and get a feel for it, it will forever change the way you see package management, configuration management, and Linux distros in general.

Other reviews on this site and outside materials do a great job of showing what NixOS is capable of, so I'll omit most of those details. But as an example of how NixOS is a special experience:

I am actually currently running the unreleased NixOS 18.03, partly because I like to take a sneak peek when each NixOS release is around the corner, and partly because it's so damn easy and safe; the upgrade is:
• atomic -- everything gets upgraded or nothing does
• reversible -- I can take everything back to the way it was if there's a single bug in the new release, without any manual backups or filesystem snapshots

It's great. Give it a try.

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