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A location where I keep articles that are works-in-progress (unpublished). They'll get written eventually...

Draft articles


Primers are designed to provide detailed overviews and answers to concepts of a limited scope. For example, the Gentoo Developer Primer is designed to be a 'master overview' of many (sometimes optional) steps a developer must take to quickly familiarize themself with the many faucets of developer resources. It attempts to explain where and how to setup developer accounts on official Gentoo infrastructure, software tools to help accomplish general tasks such as communication, and suggestions on password management utilities and shells.

Gentoo development


  • DevOps primer - A guide to configuring your Linux system to be used as a DevOps command station.


Handbook enhancements



Linux kernel

Digital Survival

  • cjdns - Encrypted IPv6 mesh network software.
  • Sourcehut - A suite of software development web applications.
  • Nextcloud - A free, open source cloud suite.


  • pyston - - Open source implementation originally developed by DropBox. It claims to be a faster and highly-compatible implementation of the Python programming language that is targeted at real-world use cases and programs.
  • - Single-file PHP app that can be dropped into any folder, instantly creating a gallery of files and folders.
  • mojosetup - standalone installer for Linux systems.
  • stardust-xr - A display server for XR (extended reality).
  • TubeSync - a PVR (personal video recorder) for YouTube
  • DTE - A lightweight, console text editor.
  • LAN cache project
  • Goldberg Emulator (Offline Steam API)
  • Waypipe.
  • Wayfire - A wayland compositor inspired by Compiz and based on wlroots.
  • mrsh - A minimal POSIX shell written in C.
  • Screenkey - Screencast software that writes key presses to the display.
  • Brackets - An open source text editor from Adobe with a focus on web development.
  • Geeknote - An open source, command-line Evernote client.
  • lynis - A security auditing tool to assist with compliance and hardening testing for Unix based systems.
  • Makekit - Write build systems in POSIX shell.
  • NixNote - An open source Evernote clone for Linux.
  • Perfect Paper Passwords - A high security, multi-factor one-time password generator.
  • Plinth - A Python-powered web interface for FreedomBox.
  • PowerBroker Open - An Active Directory authentication front-end.
  • SocioBoard - Manage multiple social media accounts from a central location.
  • Sopel - An IRC-bot written in Python. Every developer needs a sidekick, right?
  • ylva - A command-line password manager supporting AES encryption and 256-bit keys.
  • Taiga - A project management platform.
  • Unreal Engine - Generation 4 of the Unreal Engine.

General articles

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  • Skinny Gentoo - An article that tracks various techniques for making Gentoo consume less disk space (shrinking the size of Gentoo).
  • Firezone - Wireguard based VPN software.
  • Nitrokey - Instructions for Gentoo devs on using Nitrokeys for Gentoo development.
  • NILFS - A new implementation of a log structured filesystem for Linux.
  • OpenVAS - An open source vulnerability scanner.
  • GNU Binutils - A collection of binary tools used for software development.
  • taskd - The server part of a command-line todo list manager.
  • GlusterFS - A scalable network filesystem.
  • GNU make - One of the original build systems. Standard tool to compile source trees.
  • bcachefs - A 'next generation' CoW filesystem for Linux.
  • eCryptfs - The enterprise cryptographic filesystem for Linux.
  • Synergy - Software to manage multiple machines over multiple displays with a single keyboard and mouse.
  • Tripwire - An open source file integrity checker and IDS.
  • CRIU - A utility to checkpoint/restore a process tree.
  • fprint - A service to access fingerprint readers.
  • iozone - A filesystem benchmarking program with lots of options.
  • CMake - A Cross platform Make tool.
  • systemd/Handbook extension - Resume where the handbook left off on using systemd.
  • Salt - A remote execution and configuration manager.
  • Elf Utils - Libraries and utilities to handle ELF objects (a drop in replacement for libelf).
  • Raspberry Pi 2 - An article that explains how to install Gentoo on the Raspberry Pi 2.
  • automake - GNU's build system. Used in many projects for efficient compiling.
  • Kernel hacking - An article on developing the Linux kernel with a Gentoo base.
  • kexec - A set of kernel hacking tools for the Linux kernel.
  • File POSIX Capabilities - An article on getcap and setcap and other related goodies.
  • Catalyst Guide - Explains how to use Catalyst...details included.
  • Gentoo Wallpapers - An article on where to find Gentoo wallpapers.
  • GParted - GNOME's partition editor.
  • gentoo.conf - Move when git stuff is done.

Gentoo developer tools


  • ffcast - Record screencasts using ffmpeg.
  • recordmydesktop - A desktop session recorder producing OGG video/audio files.


  • top - A utility that displays Linux processes.
  • atop - A top-like interactive monitor that displays load on the Linux system.
  • serf - Service orchestration and management tool.


Hardware testing

  • stress - A tool to stress test system hardware.
  • stress-ng - A "next generation" stress tool designed to test system hardware.
  • Phoronix Test Suite - An open source benchmarking suite.

My software

  • stager - The perfect installer for Gentoo.
  • gibam - Gentoo image builder and maintainer.
  • kaudit - A python powered auditor for the Linux kernel.
  • gencache - Like aptcache, but for Gentoo.

Abandoned drafts

This section contains a list of draft articles I'm no longer interested in writing. If anyone has interest, please move the article to your userspace to finish and, when it's ready, publish to the main namespace.

  • Light Table - Light Table is an open source IDE created for web development. Light Table has need no tagged release since 2016 and is likely abandoned.
  • N1 - A cross platform open source mail client that was build on "modern" (at the time) web frameworks. As of 2017, N1 is no longer supported or developed by upstream. Potential interests should see the MailSpring fork.