Robert Helgesson

Robert is a freelance developer working mostly in backend Java development. He has been a regular contributor to the Nixpkgs and NixOS projects since 2014 and is also the creator and maintainer of Home Manager, an affiliated project bringing NixOS style declarative configurations to the home directory.

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Talk NixOS, a functional GNU/Linux distro

NixOS is a GNU/Linux distribution built on the Nix package manager and the Nix domain specific lazy functional programming language. Its unique design enables a number of interesting and powerful features such as reproducible system configurations, atomic system upgrades, rollbacks to known working configurations, per-user package management, easy sharing of configurations between multiple systems, and so on.

Together these features make NixOS an excellent system for server deployments, software development, and for the GNU/Linux enthusiast.

This talk will give an introduction to the Nix package manager and the NixOS GNU/Linux distribution and present an overview of the listed features. Familiarity with GNU/Linux is recommended but no prior experience of Nix or NixOS will be necessary.

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