If I select the Enable EFI (Special OSes Only) in VirtualBox it boots me into an EFI prompt which is of zero use to my skillset. I’ll try the BIOS route then. The other weird thing I’m experiencing is when I attempt to create partitions in the GParted app (I’ve gone the command line route too), it only makes linux-swap and minix available as partition formats. So I can’t actually format the partitions to anything useful like Fat or Ext.
I haven’t done anything exotic with the VM setup, I just followed the advice in the Install Guide and chose the VirtualBox defaults for the most part.
When I wanted to partition my laptop from the nixOS installation medium, I was only able to deal with ext and fat. Since my laptop was already preoccupied by NTFS and BTRFS partitions I had to create a medium from scratch which contained all the necessary parts (it also contained the necessary unfree network driver for my wifi).
Can’t give you much about the details, as I have currently no access to the nix file I used to create that medium that finally worked…
Thanks for the advice. I do some reading on the weekend regarding a bare metal install, and perhaps see if I can’t DIY it from that in VirtualBox. I’ve really just focused on the package manager up until now, but would like to get something running in VB so I can test my work on macOS and Linux, and learn more about NixOS.
Install NixOS on the same partition (in place!), from your existing non-NixOS Linux distribution using NIXOS_LUSTRATE .
Might try this approach with a bare bones install of Fedora or Debian. Let them setup the partitioning etc.