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NixOS

Last Update: 2017-04-01 02:07 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: 9.33/10 from 6 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 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:
 • 2017-03-31: 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 17.03 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Feature
Release Date 2017-03-31 2016-10-03 2016-04-01 2016-02-05 2015-09-27 2015-02-25 2014-07-19 Release Date
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CDs 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD CDs
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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
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
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Full Package List 17.03 16.09 16.03 15.09.1012 14.12.885 14.04.630 13.10.35728 Full Package List
Package 17.03 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 (1.1.4) 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.29 1.0.28 1.0.27.2 1.0.26 alsa-lib (1.1.4)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3.30 4.2 4.2 bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) 9.10.4-P6 9.10.4-P3 9.10.3-P4 9.10.3 9.9.5 9.9.5 9.9.5 bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 57.0.2987.110 53.0.2785.116 49.0.2623.110 49.0.2623.28 40.0.2214.115 36.0.1941.0 -- chromium (58.0.3029.110)
cups (2.2.3) 2.1.4 2.1.4 2.1.3 2.0.4 1.7.5 1.5.4 1.5.4 cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.3 4.3.3 4.3.1 4.1-ESV-R6 4.1-ESV-R6 dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.9 1.42.8 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0.3) 52.0.1 49.0 45.0.1 43.0.3 39.0.3 34.0.5 25.0.1 firefox (53.0.3)
freetype (2.8) 2.6.5 2.6.5 2.6.2 2.5.4 2.5.3 2.4.12 2.4.12 freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 5.4.0 5.4.0 5.3.0 5.2.0 4.9.2 4.8.3 4.7.3 gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.8.20 2.8.18 2.8.16 2.8.14 2.8.14 2.8.10 2.8.6 gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.25 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.20 2.19 2.17 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.22.0 3.20.3 3.18.3 3.16.1 3.12.2 3.10.2.1 -- gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.12 2.6.12 2.6.9 2.4.15 -- 2.4.15 2.4.15 gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.32 1.12.32 1.12.26 1.12.23 1.12.18 1.12.12 -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 20151116 20151116 20151116 20150727 2.02git 2.00 2.00 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.22.8 3.20.9 3.18.5 3.16.6 3.12.2 3.12.2 3.8.8 gtk+ (3.22.15)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.2.31 2.2.31 2.4.16 2.4.16 2.4.10 2.4.7 httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.0 0.91 0.91 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.4 0.48.4 inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.1) 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.3a 2.0.2 2.0.2 k3b (17.04.1)
kmod (24) 24 23 22 21 18 17 12 kmod (24)
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 (5.3.3) 5.3.0 5.2.0 5.1.0 5.0.1 4.3.5 4.0.5 4.0.5 libreoffice (5.3.3)
linux (4.11.3) 4.9.18 4.4.23 4.4.6 3.18.25 3.14.50 3.12.37 3.12.15 linux (4.11.3)
Package 17.03 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 (10.2.6) 10.1.21 10.1.17 10.1.9 10.0.22 10.0.15 10.0.11 -- mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.0 1.15.0 -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.1) 17.0.2 12.0.3 11.1.2 10.6.9 10.2.9 10.0.5 9.1.7 mesa (17.1.1)
mysql (5.7.18) 5.7.17 5.7.15 5.5.48 5.5.45 5.5.45 5.5.37 5.5.34 mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.22.0 3.20.2 3.18.5 3.16.2 3.12.2 3.10.1 -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) 8u121 8u122 8u76 8u60 7u65 7u65 7u6 openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1 7.3p1 7.2p1 6.9p1 6.7p1 6.6p1 6.6p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) 1.1.0e 1.1.0b 1.0.2g 1.0.2f 1.0.1p 1.0.1k 1.0.1g openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.24.1) 5.22.2 5.22.2 5.22.1 5.22.0 5.20.1 5.16.3 5.16.3 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.5) 7.1.2 7.0.11 7.0.2 5.6.16 5.4.44 5.4.35 5.4.23 php (7.1.5)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.8.6 5.7.4 5.5.5 5.3.2 -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) 3.1.3 3.1.2 2.11.5 2.11.5 2.11.3 2.8.12 2.8.12 postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.2 9.5.4 9.5.1 9.4.5 9.4.4 9.3.5 9.2.6 postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.0 3.5.2 3.5.1 3.4.4 3.4.2 2.7.8 2.7.6 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.6.2 5.7.0 5.5.1 5.3.2 4.8.6 4.8.6 4.8.6 qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.4) 4.5.3 4.3.11 4.3.6 4.2.3 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.22 samba (4.6.4)
systemd (233) 232 231 229 217 217 212 203 systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.1.1) 45.8.0 45.3.0 38.7.0 38.3.0 31.7.0 24.5.0 17.0.11 thunderbird (52.1.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.2.1 2.1.5 2.1.4 2.1.1 vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (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 (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.2 1.18.3 1.17.4 1.17.2 1.16.4 1.14.7 1.13.4 xorg-server (1.19.3)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.3
from 6 review(s)



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Version: 17.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-19
Votes: 1


I needed rock solid distribution for my tweaking with Linux. With NixOS, I can be sure that if there is a problem, I can rollback to previous working version. No other distribution permits this as far as I know.

I've been using NixOS for 1.5 year and I can't imagine going back. The projects grows fast and has the potential to become a major distribution.


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Version: 17.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-19
Votes: 1


NixOS is like a dream come true if you want full control over your system and is especially appealing to Programmers who think functional.

Pros:
- Reproducible configurations as declarative specifications
- Basically unbreakable - if a configuration renders the system unbootable, you can just choose an earlier configuration from the boot menu.
- The nix package manager is just awesome. No more package conflicts - Every package lives in it's own space.
- User level package installs (no sudo needed)

Cons:
- Maybe to much control for less advanced users
- To date no reproducible user configurations (configuration.nix for the home directory)
-> It is too tempting to put user specific configs into the system level specification


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Version: 17.03
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-10
Votes: 9


This is simply the best distribution at the present time. It is not perfect yet, due to its youth, but the ease of use on the user side and the great reproducibility from the developper's side make for a versatile distro, working well on both server and desktop.


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