Flox, a company focused on providing Nix-based solutions, has raised $27 million in funding. The funds will be used to bring Nix to more developers and expand the company’s offerings. Nix is a package manager for Linux and other Unix-like systems that provides a simple and declarative way of managing software installations. The goal of Nix is to make it easier for developers to manage dependencies, ensure reproducibility, and simplify the deployment process.
The two co-founders “virtually dated” for a while, as Brantley put it. Since that worked out, the two then officially launched the company last October. Until now, flox remained in beta, but the flox open source platform is now open for anyone, with plans to launch an enterprise version later this year.
“The whole mission was that Nix is an incredibly powerful technology and we want to bring it to the global stage, bring it to more developers,” explained Efroni, who is also a member of the NixOS Foundation board. “We’ve set out on the mission of two things that are way easier said than done with Nix. One is reducing the barriers to adopting Nix technology. And, on the other side, bridging the gaps to the enterprise — bringing Nix to work with all the things that Michael [Brantley] worked on that just inherently are needed to even have an enterprise consider using any technology.”
Flox raises $27 million to bring Nix to more developers because they believe that Nix has the potential to improve the software development process by making it easier to manage dependencies and deploy applications. The additional funds will allow Flox to invest in the development of Nix and bring it to a wider audience of developers.
The company wasco-founded by Ron Efroni and Michael Brantley. Like so numerous Israeli incipiency authors, Efroni got his launch in the Israeli Defense Forces ’ Unit 8200 and also innovated two Chicago- grounded startups before joining Facebook( while it was still called Facebook), where he led that company’s inventor products arm. Brantley, meanwhile, has an academic background, working at Rice and Princeton, where he managed the Unix interoperability lab before joiningD.E. Shaw in themid-90s. AtD.E. Shaw, he was responsible for erecting the group’s release engineering structure. That’s also where he encountered Nix and started erecting the driving forD.E. Shaw to make it easier for its internal inventors to use.
This will help Flox to reach its goal of making Nix a widely adopted tool for managing software installations, and thus help developers to be more productive and efficient. The additional funding will also help Flox to provide better support and services to its customers and grow its business.
As the team argues, the way enterprises are building software is changing, with code bases growing larger and software dependencies growing more complex, all while cloud-native technologies have changed how these applications are being deployed. Nix promises to streamline the build and development process by making it easily reproducible and allowing developers to share their development and build environments in a declarative way