rfcs VS nixops

Compare rfcs vs nixops and see what are their differences.


The Nix community RFCs (by tweag)


NixOps is a tool for deploying to NixOS machines in a network or cloud. (by NixOS)
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rfcs nixops
2 9
16 1,165
- 3.2%
0.0 7.4
10 months ago 7 days ago
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 4.0 GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of rfcs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-09-11.
  • Is NixOS fundamentally a more secure OS?
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 11 Sep 2022
    https://www.tweag.io/blog/2020-09-10-nix-cas/ https://github.com/NixOS/rfcs/pull/62 https://github.com/NixOS/rfcs/pull/17 https://github.com/tweag/rfcs/blob/cas-rfc/rfcs/0062-content-addressed-paths.md https://github.com/wmertens/rfcs/blob/master/rfcs/0017-intensional-store.md https://discourse.nixos.org/t/content-addressed-nix-call-for-testers/12881
  • NixOS History and Our Experience - Nix, Null, Nada, Nothing
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 26 Jan 2022
    Content-addressable-storepath Derivations (CAS): Not something that users will mostly interact with directly, but one of the "pitfalls" of nix right now is that updates to "fundamental packages" like glibc, will cause most packages to be re-built. CAS derivation may help significantly in this regards, because there may be a point in which the changes don't have meaningful impact on a given down stream dependencies (for example, a pure python package); the CAS derivation may get to a point where it can start "re-using" existing builds after it determined that the contents exactly match. More info: https://github.com/tweag/rfcs/blob/cas-rfc/rfcs/0062-content-addressed-paths.md


Posts with mentions or reviews of nixops. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-29.
  • Will we move away from DSLs?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/devops | 29 Apr 2022
    For example Nix can already replace ansible, packer, cloudformation[1], dockerfiles.
  • NixOS History and Our Experience - Nix, Null, Nada, Nothing
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 26 Jan 2022
    Nix can also ship the nixpkgs as an oci image (e.g. docker image), vm image, iso, or if you're able to: as a nixos configuration. Tools like nixops can allow you to deploy many machines and have their behavior exactly specified, and the configuration can be version controlled. NixOS configuration can be thought of as congruent configuration management, where many other tools give you many less guarantees about configuration drift and reproducibility.
  • The best solution for deploying flakes
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/NixOS | 30 Nov 2021
    There are 4 tools I'm taking into consideration right now, but every suggestion is welcome: 1. deploy-rs - I don't know anything about it, heard about it like a day or two ago 2. NixOps - the official one, I don't know what to think, but I have concerns about Flakes compatibility 3. morph - I understand this as "NixOps, but better", no more toughs. 4. colmena - seems to be pretty straightforward with quite nice docs
  • Spectrum OS: a declarative, reproducible, compartmentalized Linux
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 14 Sep 2021
    I'm still relatively new to NixOS, having switched all my personal systems over to it this spring/summer. I don't have a detailed answer to your question, but I believe NixOPs is the canonical way to do what you're describing in production/at scale:



  • NixOS 21.05 Released!
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/linux | 2 Jun 2021
    Well, everyone of course! But especially devops, developers, power-users, and ricer folks. Due to the declarative and purity aspect of nixpkgs, all builds and configurations can be version controlled, cached and shared. NixOS can easily be extended to produce docker images, vm images, or even distributed deployments. You can also write reproducible multi-node integration tests. Tinkerers! Love playing around with the latest desktop manager or modifying builds? Nixpkgs allows you to modify any package you wish to, locally! Nixpkgs is actually a source distribution but its guarantees around purity and reproducibility are so strong that you can get a binary cache "for free".
  • Backblaze Is Now a Terraform Provider
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 11 Mar 2021
    You could use NixOps[0] for Nix but I'm not sure you can directly compare Terraform and Guix/Nix? My set up involves Terraform for infrastructure and Nix for provisioning, and it's working for me so far.

    [0] https://github.com/NixOS/nixops

  • Benefits/disadvantages of Guix System in general and over NixOS?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/GUIX | 10 Feb 2021
    I'll have to read more about NixOps though, I had kind of forgotten that it existed!
  • NixOS Linux
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 10 Jan 2021
    Kind of off topic, but I would love to have NixOps (https://github.com/NixOS/nixops) as an abstraction layer for every type of cloud service, and not just virtual machines (e.g. queues, object storages, etc).

    There is Terraform and Ansible, of course, but Nix seems like it could combine the strengths of both of them.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing rfcs and nixops you can also consider the following projects:

deploy-rs - A simple multi-profile Nix-flake deploy tool.

Home Manager using Nix - Manage a user environment using Nix [[email protected]]

morph - NixOS deployment tool

terraform - Terraform enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve infrastructure. It is an open source tool that codifies APIs into declarative configuration files that can be shared amongst team members, treated as code, edited, reviewed, and versioned.

nixos-generators - Collection of image builders [[email protected]]

lorri - Your project's nix-env

pdf-tools - Emacs support library for PDF files.

patchelf - A small utility to modify the dynamic linker and RPATH of ELF executables

sceptre - Build better AWS infrastructure

nonguix - Nonguix mirror -- pull requests ignored, please use upstream for that

cdk-magento-webshop - This is a CDK app to provision the required resources to run a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective Magento webshop on top of AWS.

nix-darwin - nix modules for darwin