I think this YouTube video represents all those videos where linux users install NixOS without understanding what it is about.
- They don’t read the manual and fail to install completely. Claim that NixOS is broken or bad.
- Or Read just so much that the install works. They get that they have to create partitions, but use the tools they know and don’t create labels…
- In this video, he creates users with
visudoto use sudo
- Then he installs vim with nix-env
He would probably not be able to install a desktop environment.
He probably don’t understand that the
configuration.nix can be used after the install.
So, people don’t want to read the manual (what i can understand) und use NixOS like other distros, missing it’s advantages and building their opinion about it from that. Or people don’t bother to try it themselves and build an opinion from such videos.
We need an NixOS install guide that is super simple, so people are not afraid to read it. Or better, an intuitive installer.
We also need onboarding of new users to the concept of NixOS. They are just lost when they don’t read the manual.
We might want to force them to read the manual by removing the option to use
useradd by default. It might be better for NixOS when people don’t use it, because they don’t bother to read, instead of them using it wrong and spread an extremely superficial picture and opinion about it.