Reviewed October 6th, 2020
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NixOS

NixOS
9/10

Summary

NixOS is a Linux distribution that is built on top of the Nix package manager and is completely declarative, which makes upgrading systems reliable and has many other advantages. The operating system can be downloaded from the NixOS website.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Some log, cookie, and wiki data is collected through use of the NixOS website. However, cookies can be disabled through your browser, and any other data can be requested to be deleted. There is virtually no risk in using the operating system itself.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Any data collected by NixOS is only collected through use of the NixOS website and wiki and is not shared with any third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Reproducible, declarative, and reliable package manager.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • May be complex for less experienced users.
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