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Date: 2006-02-16 Time: 11:45 Room: BBL room 471 ----+++ Speaker: Armijn Hemel ----+++ Title: NixOS: A Status Report ----+++ Abstract The Nix software deployment system is a system that guarantees complete and safe deployment of software. In the last few years it has proven its usefulness in several environments. It is used in the Software Engineering course, for the ST-buildfarm and Stratego development. A fair number of users have installed Nix on their system next to RPM and DEB to manage packages. NixOS is the next logical step for Nix. It is a Linux distribution that tries to use Nix throughout the whole system, including the kernel and also system services. One of the main goals of NixOS is to prove that the principles that underly Nix also work on a system level. NixOS has been in serious development since about half a year. So far NixOS has produced a few interesting results: things that seemd to be really straightforward turned out to require a lot more work than expected and a lot of other things that seemed tough to do turned out to be no-brainers. Right now there is a functional prototype that implements many of the basic functionalities one would expect on a normal UNIX-like system, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. This talk will give an overview of what NixOS is and what makes it radically different from other Linux distributions. If time permits there will also be a live demonstration of NixOS. <!-- * Set PREV_SKIN = customtitle * Set CUSTOMTOPICTITLE = NixOS: A Status Report * Set CUSTOMHEADTITLE = Stc / NixOS: A Status Report -->
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