NixOS is a functional Linux distribution based on the Nix package manager. It uses a functional script language to maintain the overall Linux host as which is also the basis of the package manager, in a realized solution of the Unix update problem.
|Company / developer||Universities of Delft and Utrecht|
|Source model||Free and open source software|
|Initial release||MM DD, 2006|
|Latest stable release||Rolling release|
|Update method||Package (re)Derivation|
|Supported platforms||IA-32, x86-64,|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||tty|
|License||GNU General Public License, others|
NixOS uses a declarative approach to 'Nix host and package managment on the bare bones of a Unix implementation. BSD and other Unices are targetted but practically Linux is the only significantly supported OS.
Relation to LSB
NixOS is perforce, given its basic design principles, a unique Linux system. While there are some elements of commonality with various standards and in practice there currently at this writing over 3,000 working packages showing the abstraction of "Nix" can be realized, NixOS does not conform to common layout standards such as are common to most Linux distributions.