My NixOS dotfiles for desktops and servers (by jordanisaacs)

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  • RedNixOS - NixOS-based 'distro' for cybersec
    2 projects | | 18 Jul 2022
    Not sure about central but just search dotfiles, config, or flake on GitHub and filter by nix language. Most dotfiles are a sort of “distro” as nix let’s you configure everything from scratch in a central way. Eg my personal dotfiles are an abstracted layer of NixOS/home manager. This can be seen honestly in a lot of popular configs. Eg my WireGuard module turns high level options into automatic configs (see: module).
  • Nix and NixOS Get So Close to Perfect
    11 projects | | 24 Apr 2022
    What’s powerful about nix is the language IMO. I was able to build an automatic WireGuard setup[1] with tagging that automatically works on each new machine thanks to the ability to do config as code. Just provide some basic config for each machine and the code turns it into an interface with peers.

    The issue to me isn’t the language persay (it’s really a tiny surface area language, see the built in/lib functions [2]) but the tooling built around packaging is a hodgepodge mess of semi-documented workarounds (with Nixpkgs blessed ways vs used libraries) and is extremely difficult to approach and understand.


  • Confused about Git, gnome-keyring, and libsecret
    4 projects | | 18 Nov 2021
    As a heads up setting up gnome-keyring is an adventure in and of itself when not using GNOME which from the sounds of it you are not. It took me a month of on and off trial and error to finally quash the last of its bugs. You can search around my dotfiles where I have it working but the solutions are all over the place (modules/system/gnome/default.nix, modules/users/graphical/shared.nix, and modules/users/graphical/wayland.nix).
  • Flake structure for multi system
    7 projects | | 8 Nov 2021
    I’ll just add on, I use functions in my nix file to make configs (iso, home manager, nixos),: function folder. With this logic you can create basic other hosts. How they are used in used in flake.nix
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