Collection of image builders [maintainer=@Lassulus] (by nix-community)

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  • NixOS-generators – Collection of VM and Container disk image builders for NixOS
    4 projects | | 26 Mar 2024
  • NixOS: Declarative Builds and Deployments
    13 projects | | 14 Jan 2024
  • NixOS RFC 136 accepted: A plan to stabilize the new CLI and Flakes incrementally
    11 projects | | 12 Aug 2023
    Those Linode instructions are about installing an OS from an installation ISO from Linode's rescue mode. -- I'd consider that more a 'plus' to Linode that you get to be able to install whatever unsupported Linux on Linode's VMs. But, of course it's not as smooth as the officially supported images.

    Sibling comment mentions that NixOS provides ways to build VM images (e.g. has a generator specifically for Linode).

    Another option is to use nixos-infect, which will replace a Linux distribution with a NixOS distribution.

    > At that point, I feel like all of the repeatability gains are gone. If I want to spin up a fresh server, I have to read a guide and set stuff up by hand?

    Just as with ansible, "git pull to deploy". You'd keep a copy of your NixOS configuration.nix somewhere else, and would be able to apply it later.

    > it really does let me just get a new VPS and deploy to it very fast

    Using a tool you're familiar with to get the job done is going to be faster than learning to use a tool you're unfamiliar with.

    I believe much of the use of NixOS is for hobby stuff, and for personal machines. (c.f. "In what environments do you use Nix", Development (1242) vs Home Server (845) vs Production (386)

  • Questions about Nix
    1 project | /r/NixOS | 17 Jun 2023
  • Couple of noob questions
    6 projects | /r/Nix | 20 May 2023
    If you need to generate lxc container in NixOS then perhaps this repo might be useful: this article uses it
  • disko-images - Create qcow2 images from NixOS + disko configuration
    3 projects | /r/NixOS | 18 May 2023
    You might wanna check out nix-community/nixos-generators, it’s maintained by the same dude as Disko
  • How to do machine specific config on EC2 using an official nixos ami?
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 1 Apr 2023
    You can look at nixos-generators for support code that well let you take existing configs and build a variety of bootable images from them.
  • Flake to make NixOS iso
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 21 Mar 2023
    You should take a look at NixOS Generators, it's a flake with configs to build common formats like ISO, LXC, Docker, etc. I use that to generate an ISO with my config, specifically the packages.iso section.
  • Need help with NixOs VM Generation
    2 projects | /r/NixOS | 25 Feb 2023
    I am trying to make use of to generate qcow2 images from a NixOs configuration. Since it will be used with Scaleway, they require an efi bootable image.
  • [NixOS] How to Migrate From one Server to another? KVM to VMware
    1 project | /r/linuxquestions | 31 Jan 2023
    I haven't migrated machines from one vm provider to vmware, but I have provided a number of pregenerated nixos images (along the line of to clients to install onto vmware (and other - hyperv, xen, qemu, physical) hosts.
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