NixCon 2023

Reinventing the wheel with Zilch
09-09, 15:35–16:00 (Europe/Berlin), Lecture hall (Room 122)

It's been twenty years since Nix was unleashed upon this world, and yet, the only real alternative is Guix‽ Well, not on my watch! I've been working on Zilch for a while now, and it's starting to be ready to be released to the wild. This talk will describe what this fresh new Nix-compatible alternative is, how it came into being, and what the wider Nix community could learn from it.

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Puck was tricked into trying NixOS six years ago and, instead of giving in to its ways, decided to double down. As a result, she is maybe the person most well-versed with the Nix interpreter's internals, contorting Nix in ways never seen before.