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Software is eating the world, and almost any practical contemporary software system is inevitably large and complex.

Developing and maintaining such systems requires an entire supply chain to work seamlessly, including:

  • Developer tooling
  • Project-specific development and build environments
  • Deployment or distribution

As of today, individuals and organisations regularly spend days – sometimes weeks – setting up, maintaining, and debugging parts of this supply chain when starting new or switching between projects, or onboarding new developers.

When you fix something with Nix, it stays fixed

Nix is a build system, a configuration management system, and a mechanism for deploying software, focused on reproducibility. It is the basis of an ecosystem of powerful tools for software development, including Nixpkgs, the largest, most up-to-date software repository in the world, and NixOS, a Linux distribution that can be configured fully declaratively.

We believe that Nix is the right foundation for efficient and sustainable development of complex software systems. Nix already solves many of the problems involved for good, and we’re convinced there is more to come. We are committed to help shaping that future.

What we offer

The Nix Group consists of leading experts in the field, and provides Tweag’s clients with services around the Nix ecosystem. As a team, we:

  • Provide support and training for our clients and internal teams, enabling them to integrate disparate software components into a coherent solution.

  • Provide support and development services to clients using Nix.

  • Address both papercuts and deep, long-standing issues, providing both immediate value to our clients and the world, as well as unblocking downstream improvements that further our clients’ objectives.

  • Strengthen ties with the Nix community, stay up-to-date on the latest developments and best practices, and influence substantial changes.

  • Help increase Nix brand awareness, attracting both more users and contributors that can become qualified hires for our clients, thereby growing the overall market for products and services related to the Nix ecosystem.

Assessment

We answer your questions concerning an investment in the Nix ecosystem.

How would your project benefit from adopting Nix? What can you expect from it, what resources will it require, and what challenges may you encounter along the way?

Initial setup and migration

We can help you on your path towards using Nix in your development and deployment workflows.

We’ll embed our engineers in your team to work directly on your code and with your engineers, and to share all relevant information with your team.

Training

We can show your team how to work productively with your new setup, and how to get the most out of Nix and related tools.

Tuning and maintenance

We can tune your existing setups to make them more reliable, more efficient, and easier to maintain.

We can also do the development and maintenance for you.

Upstreaming

We can make open source work for you, by improving Nix and the related open source tools, or by helping you upstream your own improvements and set them up for success through wide adoption.

Guiding principles

Our role in the community

We are actively involved in the development all major aspects of the Nix ecosystem, and are engaged in community teams and the NixOS Foundation board.

Accountability

We personally stand behind our work and the decisions it entails, and disclose our affiliations appropriately. Given our established role in the Nix community and the responsibility that derives from it, we take feedback from all involved stakeholders into account, while keeping to our and our clients’ priorities.

Open collaboration

We deliberate over design decisions with the focus on keeping options for future development, backwards-compatibility with existing setups, and interoperability with other systems. We consider arguments based on ther merit, regardless who brings them forward. As far as possible, our work happens in the open or is published timely, and we regularly report on our activities.

Members

leader
Théophane Hufschmitt
Alexander Bantyev
José Luis Lafuente
Silvan Mosberger
Taeer Bar-Yam
Valentin Gagarin
Yuriy Taraday

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