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NixOS Reviews

25 Jun 2014 . All software components in NixOS are installed using the Nix package manager. Packages in Nix are defined using the nix language to create nix expressions.

Social recommendations and mentions

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  • Ideal Java Container for Scala 2/3?
    I use usually Nix for software development. It has amazing container image generation capability with a very lean build. It only packages software and its dependencies, with no extra fluff. - Source: Reddit / 11 days ago
  • Share Files from POPOS to Gnome-Boxes running NixOS
    I'm trying to build a NixOS install on a Gnome-Box Virtual Server under POPOS and need to share files from the host using a shared folder. I found that I need something like spice.webdavd and am unable search for this package under Please tell me how to enable file/folder sharing into a NIXOS VM from POPOS. - Source: Reddit / 12 days ago
  • Beginner and casual user currently running LM21.1, thinking of hopping to LMDE5
    Try the nix package manager on Mint. Should work great for downloading newer packages that don't rely on a specific kernel version. It's a much cleaner and safer method than using PPAs. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • I Pulled a Sneaky on Ya
    NixOS is a linux distribution that configures the whole system in one location. This includes the configuration for software installed on your system. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • Install a CLI in a project (not globally)
    Excuse me sir, do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior, Nix? - Source: Reddit / 26 days ago
  • What are the not-so-obvious tools that you don't want to miss?
    I resisted learning nix for a long time, because it does have a really steep learning curve. Once you get to the other side of the learning curve, it's been an extremely valuable investment. At an individual level, it's been great to be able to easily move configuration between machines, and being able to safely roll back to earlier configurations is nice too. The bigger benefit for managing my machines with nix... - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Switch from all Apple apps?
    I really do like and prefer Apple's stuff, but yeah, cross platform access sucks. I occasionally use a Thinkpad X230 with NixOS. My choices:. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • My Fifth Year as a Bootstrapped Founder
    Thanks for reading! >What would you say it is the best way yo keep a Raspberry system "auto-updated"? I think Debian packages are better than what I was doing, but if I were starting from scratch, I'd try to use Yocto[0] or NixOS[1]. Take this with a grain of salt, because this is secondhand from another founder who had good experience with Yocto, but from what she told me it's optimized for the case of... - Source: Hacker News / about 1 month ago
  • What are the best resources to get started with nix?
    The nix website is in my bookmarks as well - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • New BFF
    You can get more details at their website - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • How to use Python venv from a Bash script
    Let's say you are building an API. If you are not using a container or a deterministic system, you might want to avoid using packages that could be outdated from your system's Python. - Source: / about 2 months ago
  • Zero to Nix, an unofficial, opinionated, gentle introduction to Nix
    All the new user guides on use the old interface, so would a new user following Zero to Nix be painting themselves into a corner by learning an interface that is not well documented or adopted? - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Zero to Nix, an unofficial, opinionated, gentle introduction to Nix
    You will like then :) - Source: Hacker News / about 2 months ago
  • Zero to Nix, an unofficial, opinionated, gentle introduction to Nix
    I'm not familiar with Environment Modules. I see they're popular in HPC? One difference: On Nix's homepage (, the first word which stands out is "reproducible". -- If I search the read the docs for "reproducible", the word shows up once. Not sure if there's anything recent, but links from this may be useful:. - Source: Hacker News / about 2 months ago
  • Unlock the full potential of your Steam Deck using Nix
    Lately I got to tinker about with the Nix package manager (of NixOS), and it has really brought my Steam Deck in line with a "real" Linux computer, I'm able to spin up Dockers, install just about any package I've used to work with, and really personalize my Deck - all without compromising the security and integrity of the SteamOS and the A/B partitioning - as it's ALL done within the 'deck' user-space. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Neovim is not that difficult
    Mason is probably easier to use than Puppet, Chef, Ansible, etc. I use Nix: - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • A serious question regarding leaving Gentoo
    One thing that interests me is NixOS. I would probaly go with that if I wanted to leave Gentoo. Other distros are fine, but there is a need for something a bit different. Something that don't you feel like you are making a compromise on the switch. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Does QNAP-EC or PanQ work on TS-262? Neither of them detect IT8528 chip.
    I purchased TS-262 and installed NixOS (Linux distribution) to M2.SSD inside TS-262. Everything except HDD LEDs and fan control is working. I've tried both QNAP-EC and PanQ, none of them worked. Qnap_ec module loads only when I set option check-for-chip=no, and no sensors get added to sensors command output. The module just logs. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Motherboard/Case Selection for Nix ZFS Server
    Can run as both a local Hydra build/CI server for my Nix-based projects, as many CI services don't handle Nix especially well; and. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Is it possible to get fast Rust compiles in a Docker container?
    I'm running into the same issues with Docker. One solution I've seen too is to utilize Nix for the build and have it create the docker image for you as well after building the binary outside of it. That's my rudimentary understanding of the flow anyway, note: just starting to learn Nix. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • I've Been Laid Off. What Now?
    Zig's potential is that it is pretty easy to write cross-platform code with it. Normally writing cross-platform code involves using a cross-compiler setup where you write code that targets another platform that's different than your host system. It requires using compilers that have ABIs of the target system, which is not something many have readily available. Sometimes you're often left having to do this yourself... - Source: / 5 months ago

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