When comparing NixOS vs Artix Linux, the Slant community recommends Artix Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Artix Linux is ranked 15th while NixOS is ranked 27th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro State of the art package manager
Atomic non-destructive upgrades / rollback of a system upgrade / declarative reproducible system configuration / unprivileged installation of packages / transparent source or binary deployment.
Packages don't break after a NixOS upgrade as they are prone to with other distros (especially Arch).
Pro Reproducible System
NixOS is configured using the Nix package manager, allowing your system to be replicated and kept in sync across multiple machines. Great for keeping a laptop and desktop in sync.
You can start with a minimal environment and add packages and software to suit your needs as you go along.
Pro No systemd
Pro Close to bare Arch Linux
No learning curve if you're coming from Arch or any of its derivatives
You can have a functional system in less than 10 mins using GUI installer OR you can do it "the Arch way"
Artix actively supports the runit init system known from Void Linux. (Equally besides the OpenRC init system known from Gentoo.)
Pro Rolling distro
Only the software you would need like Terminal emulator, file manager, media player and a browser.
Con Documentation is not good
Con A configuration change might end up bricking your system
Con Uses a text-based installer
Con Few Arch packages might not be available yet
Developers are working migrating all packages into their own repositories while ensuring there's no systemd malware.