*nix is name representation of family of unices. These are basically the operating systems behaving same like UNIX operating systems,whether they have the same specifications or not .
So in short it’s a nixOS is a linux distribution with separate package manager for itself but belongs to the same family UNIX-LIKE.
Unix is registered trademark of The Open Group.
*nix is Unix-like operating systems like Xenix, Minix, Linux etc.
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