@owi Does Nix have advantages over Guix?
@freakazoid @owi far more software (~40k packages) than Guix (~7k packages). Is more up-to-date (unstable 20% outdated, 80% newest) than guix (33% outdated, 67% newest). Source: https://repology.org/repositories/statistics/newest
what is stability?
stability in the sense of "programs wont segfault all the time" or "changes as little as possible"?
Many version updates for programs are done by a bot in nixpkgs (using repology) and humans just click the merge button after having a quick look.
So if e.g. Arch packages a newer version of abcde, the bot will notice this and try to update the package in nixpkgs during the next run and checks if it builds.
I can't remember any recent segfaults or similar for me.
@freakazoid @owi Well, the channels only advance after an automated CI test. I don't know how the tests are done in Debian, so I cannot compare anything.
This website links to the CI, shows which channel is at which commit and when the channel last advanced: http://howoldis.herokuapp.com/
To get an idea about the automated tests: https://hydra.nixos.org/job/nixos/release-19.03/tested
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