It’s pretty easy to modify NixOS. All you need to do is get a copy of the Nixpkgs repository (which contains the NixOS sources as well):
git clone git://github.com/NixOS/nixpkgs.git
After making modifications to the sources, you can use them as follows:
nixos-rebuild switch -I nixpkgs=/path/to/my/nixpkgs
If you think your changes are useful to the rest of humanity, then please open a pull request on GitHub, or send a patch to the Discourse forum. If you want to contribute regularly, you may want to ask for commit access to our GitHub repositories (please ask Eelco, or on the #nixos IRC channel).
discourse.nixos.org hosts a community of Nix developers and users, providing resources to help you:
Hydra continuously builds NixOS:
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The Nix package manager was developed by Eelco Dolstra as part of his PhD research in the TraCE project, funded by the Jacquard programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and SERC. The first prototype of NixOS was developed by Armijn Hemel as his master’s thesis project. Hydra, the Nix-based continuous build system, was developed as part of the LaQuSo Buildfarm project, funded by NIRICT / LaQuSo.
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