About This Site


mainline

adjective 1. the most current development branch of the Linux kernel source.

metal (baremetal)

noun 1. the hardware of a computer or device.

Mainline on Metal

Since 2011, I’ve been running a Gentoo system on baremetal with the lastest Linux kernel built from the repository. Gentoo fascinates me. It’s the ultimate tinkerer’s distribution, and if you’re a developer who likes to learn how software works under the hood by building it from source, Gentoo will definitely encourage and facilitate that.

As I grow more competent with Gentoo, I grow in my desire to share what I’ve learned with others as my way of giving back to the community. I aim to show more than just the answers to both common and obscure problems, but also outline the process that led me to the answer so that others can see how to draw these conclusions for themselves. In other words, if you’re Googling for a quick, straight-to-the-point fix for your problem so you can get back to making a buck, you’re in the wrong place.

You’ll find more than just Linux code and tools on this site, but this is the history of how it came to be.