When comparing NixOS vs Bedrock, the Slant community recommends Bedrock for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for desktops?” Bedrock is ranked 26th while NixOS is ranked 28th.
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 Choose your init system
Pro Choose your package manager
Pro Virtually every pro from every linux distro
Since Bedrock lets you pick and choose the best parts from each distro, every single pro from each distro applies to Bedrock.
Pro Pick and choose what you want from other distros
Want Debian's stable base and Arch's pacman for bleeding edge packages?
Want the security of Qubes OS and Gentoo's portage?
With the correct setup all this can be achieved.
Con Documentation is not good
Con A configuration change might end up bricking your system
Con Uses a text-based installer
Con Often increases boot times
Since Bedrock has to load the strata before handing control to the chosen init system, it can make booting your machine take longer.
Con Difficulty setting up
Bedrock can be challenging to setup properly with the correct strata.