A new version of NixOS, a type of Linux that can also work with other Linux systems and Mac computers, came out today. It has many new and improved things, and some new features too.
NixOS 23.11 is the new version, and it comes after NixOS 23.05, which was released six months ago. It has a new GNOME desktop, which is what you see on the screen when you use NixOS. The new GNOME desktop is called GNOME 45 “Riga”, and it works better with both real and virtual machines.
The new GNOME desktop has some changes in the apps that it comes with. It has a new app for looking at pictures, called Loupe, and a new app for taking pictures, called Snapshot. It does not have the GNOME Photos app anymore.
There is also another option for the desktop, called KDE Plasma. It has the latest KDE Plasma desktop, which is KDE Plasma 5.27.9 LTS. It also has the latest KDE Frameworks and KDE Gear, which are things that make the KDE Plasma desktop work well. The KDE Plasma desktop also works better with both real and virtual machines.
NixOS 23.11 also has some new things for wireless internet. It supports Wi-Fi 6, which is a faster and more reliable way of connecting to the internet. It also has a new security feature, called WPA3-SAE-PK, which makes the wireless internet more secure.
There are also many new and improved things inside NixOS 23.11, which you may not see on the screen, but they make NixOS 23.11 work better. Some of these things are LLVM 16, PostgreSQL 15, FoundationDB 7, systemd 254, ROCm 5.7.0, Cassandra 4, yarn-berry 4.0.1, and Glibc 2.38. NixOS 23.11 still uses the Linux 6.1 LTS kernel, which is the core of the system, and it has the latest version of it, which is Linux 6.1.64.
One more interesting thing in NixOS 23.11 is the sudo-rs package, which is a new way of doing sudo, which is a command that lets you do things as an administrator. The sudo-rs package is written in a programming language called Rust, which is supposed to be faster and safer. The sudo-rs package is not enabled by default, but you can enable it if you want to try it.
The developers of NixOS 23.11 say that the sudo-rs package has its own settings, and it does not use the settings that you may have for the old sudo package. But you can make it use the old settings if you want, by using a special command.