NixOS 21.11 ‘Porcupine’ Released! Here’s What’s New

The new release updates lots of components and adds new services.


A new NixOS version 21.11 codename Porcupine is now available to download, and it brings lots of changes, new features, and improvements over version 21.05. In this article, let’s look at what’s new in NixOS 21.11.

The following apps have been updated to their latest versions.

  • PHP 7.4 -> 8.0
  • Python3 3.8 -> 3.9
  • Postgres V13
  • Spark 2 -> 3
  • Hadoop modules and their versions have been updated.
  • Improved LXD support
  • OpenSSH updated to 8.8p1
  • Pantheon Desktop has been updated to Version 6.
  • GNOME updated to 41.

Here’s are the new services in the latest 21.11 release.

  • Btrbk
  • Clipcat
  • Dex
  • Geoipupdate
  • Jibri
  • Kea
  • Owncast
  • PeerTube
  • Sourcehut
  • Ucarp
  • Vikunja
  • Opensnitch
  • Snapraid
  • Hockeypuck and many more.

You can read more about the release by visiting the official NixOS 21.11 release post. The post is more comprehensive, and every feature is very well laid out and explained.

Have you ever used NixOS? How has your experience been? Let us know in the comments section below. If you want to try it out, we’ve linked to the official ISO down below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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