Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 07:37 UTC
Linux "In NixOS, the entire operating system - the kernel, applications, system packages, configuration files, and so on - is built by the Nix package manager from a description in a purely functional build language. The fact that it's purely functional essentially means that building a new configuration cannot overwrite previous configurations. Most of the other features follow from this." Interesting approach. A Linux distribution, sure, but with some very refreshing ideas about system configuration.
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Sounds... amazing !
by Kochise on Sat 18th May 2013 11:28 UTC
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2006-03-03

Finally, an OS that looks like a 21st century one.

Kochise

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Using Gentoo/Funtoo
by Yagami on Sat 18th May 2013 13:58 UTC
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2006-07-15

I actually did something like this some weeks ago.

I have a desktop and two laptops. One laptop is my work laptop and i didnt want to put funtoo on it because i didnt had the time.
A few weeks ago i had some vacations and i installed funtoo on it.

I though it would be very complicated to replicate the system i had on desktop but :

Just installed a small stage3 system, copied everything on /etc/portage, copyed the world file ( what would be nixOs configuration file somewhat on funtoo ) and edited a little of make.conf to represent the different CPU and Hardware ).

then ... emerge -uDN @world and ... next morning i had a fully replicated system.

pretty cool !

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Nice
by seanc7 on Sat 18th May 2013 17:07 UTC
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2012-03-26

This looks very cool and sounds very promising. Will definitely be pulling out my old T61 laptop to try this out.

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v Comment by vermaden
by vermaden on Sat 18th May 2013 22:15 UTC
This sounds kind of awesome
by BluenoseJake on Sat 18th May 2013 22:48 UTC
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2005-08-11

I'll have to give it a try.

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drawbacks ?
by moltonel on Mon 20th May 2013 09:12 UTC
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2006-02-24

The big problem from this approach (unless I missed something) is that updated dependencies are not picked up until you rebuild the package using them.

There's also the issue of disk space usage, but as long as you are prepared for it, it shouldn't matter.

All in all I like the concept (featured in OSNews in 2007), but it seems to throw in a lot of computer resources to get features that sound cool but are rarely needed, or achievable via simpler methods.

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Any relation?
by fithisux on Mon 20th May 2013 10:23 UTC
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2006-01-22

Unfortunately no much progress on
http://code.google.com/p/nix-os/

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