NixOS 17.03 Switches To X.Org Server 1.19, KDE Plasma 5
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 1 April 2017 at 07:51 AM EDT. 3 Comments
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For those interested in the NixOS Linux distribution built off the Nix package manager, the 17.03 release is now available.

NixOS 17.03 switches to using KDE Plasma 5 as the default desktop while dropping KDE4 packages, upgrades to the X.Org Server 1.19, and some of the low-level packages powering this release are Linux 4.9, glibc 2.25, GCC 5.4, systemd 232, PHP 7.1, and Nix 1.11.8.

Some of the fundamental changes to NixOS 17.03 include rewritten cross-compilation support, override package functionality is rewritten and to be replaced by overlays, and Nix packages can now be marked as insecure through listed vulnerabilities.

All the interesting details on NixOS 17.03 can be found via the release notes.

I don't think I've spent the time before benchmarking NixOS, if you are interested in some cross-distribution tests of it, let me know in the forums.
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