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A Linux distribution built on top of the Nix package manager

What is NixOS?

It is a Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management. Built on top of the Nix package manager, it is completely declarative, makes upgrading systems reliable, and has many other advantages.
NixOS is a tool in the Operating Systems category of a tech stack.

Who uses NixOS?

7 companies reportedly use NixOS in their tech stacks, including Takt, digitally induced, and Grafted-In.

15 developers on StackShare have stated that they use NixOS.

Why developers like NixOS?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use NixOS
Public Decisions about NixOS

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose NixOS in their tech stack.


Makes build management easier and immutable when using the nix package manager. NixOS

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NixOS's Features

  • DevOps-friendly
  • atomic upgrades and rollbacks

NixOS Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to NixOS?
It is designed for security, consistency, and reliability. Instead of installing packages via yum or apt, it uses Linux containers to manage your services at a higher level of abstraction. A single service's code and all dependencies are packaged within a container that can be run on one or many machines.
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
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NixOS's Followers
17 developers follow NixOS to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
Vache Asatryan
Marco Fioretti
Simon Leinen
John Alton
*Kim Zick
Jonathan Reeve
John Wollner