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Downloading NIXOS now to see if it has wings

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 210.210.158.14] on January 01, 2009 07:33 AM
Hey guys and girls - this thing appears to be alive,

Aside from being a possible escape from the clutches of corporate-lockdown (M$use/Comical/RadHad/etc)
or package-lockout (the rpm x apt religious wars),
it appears to have some real potential.

Imagine loading this thing up once and never needing to upgrade_X_install another distro ever again?
System upgrades would be incremental adjustments
rather than the entire-operating-system-and-dataset-gambling ritual
we endure every time we get tempted by the
latest and greatest new distro release (complete with errata and 'known-issues' klingons)
That is a staggering thought....
.>:<.
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from a NIXOS discussion elsewhere we see this clarification

> Someone who tried Nix from the Linux.com article:
>
> I downloaded and run nixos iso in VirtualBox.. After running nix-env -qa firefox, I get an error saying:
>
> error: while evaluating the attribute 'config' at '/etc/nixos/nixos/system/system.nix', line 18
> while evaluating the function at '/etc/nixos/nixpkgs/pkgs/lib/default.nix', line 448:
> ..
> ..
> getting status of '/etc/nixos/configuration.nix': No such file or directory

?? Wow.

I guess you know what /etc/nixos/configuration.nix is about?
It does contain the configuration of the system.
I've never tried running nix-env -i from the booted cd so I don't know
wether it's even supported?

The default way to install nixos is mounting the target partition on
/mnt and create configuration.nix on the mount point
(/mnt/nixos/configuration.nix).
But this is all described here
http://nixos.org/releases/nixos/unstable/manual/ (Or on ctrl alt F10 or so).

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