NixOS 18.09 Jellyfish: to be forked off in a month


Hello Nixers, a reminder!

It may seem a short time since 18.03 “Impala” was released, but we’re approaching its successor already. According to the usual schedule, we will be forking 18.09 “Jellyfish” from master in about a month, then during September it will be stabilized, released around the end of that month, and maintained for the following half a year.

So, if you want some features in the next stable, now it’s the right time to polish them, so that they can make it in time. There’s a milestone on GitHub already, but I suppose it’s rather large now and will need to be cleaned up :slight_smile:

The release will be managed by @samueldr and me = @vcunat (both handles are the same on GitHub and IRC, too).

How managers work was roughly described in the rfc and in a talk at the last NixCon, though I’ve been trying to shift much of the work to original authors of nixpkgs changes. It’s now me staying for 18.03 and 18.09, and Samuel starting with 18.09.



So exciting to hear that, it is incredible to see the NixOS community work and this is no exception. I look forward to a great release and an amazing Jellyfish. Thank you so much @vcunat and @samueldr, I know you will both do an excellent job!


Just a reminder that we’re *gestures* this close to a red line!


Awesome to hear that!

On the other side: Does this mean that 18.03 hits EOL? I’m asking
because I’m on a sabatical (until early 2019) and have very slow
internet and only every two weeks or so - running an update from 18.03
to 18.09 would probably take … weeks to download!

That’s why it would be really nice if at 18.03 would not hit EOL right
Having low-maintenance mode where only the kernel and critical stuff
like openssl would be updated would be really nice :stuck_out_tongue:

Any chance this could happen?


As usual, 18.03 will have standard support at least one month past 18.09 release date (i.e. during October), and AFAIK people have been trying to put highly critical fixes even for a few more months (though I’ve seen no promises on this second part yet).


Okay, thank you.

Lets hope someone steps up. Support until February would be nice, the
only things I care about security-wise would be kernel, openssl, gpg,
… cannot think of more right now. It’s a personal device after all,
not a server or something like that.



The most important question:

  • Artwork?? A Nix-themed Jellyfish has a lot of potential :3.

Related: t-shirts, etc. :P.


Back around the name-choosing, the maker of previous animal t-shirts wrote he had some Jellyfish ideas already.

Discourse mail interface / user-uploaded contents

Something like this but without actually sucking (my graphic editing skills are… well…) would be cool:

The base image is from Wikipedia and obviously it’s not made with much effort :grin: