In my newest video, I go over how to enable and use portage's native logging functionality, elogs. I'll also introduce the useful tool elogv, which you can use to view and manage your elog files:

I've been building Flóðgátt, a replacement streaming API server for Mastodon. The goal is to cut RAM usage and make hosting an instance that much cheaper.

So far, we've cut RAM for the streaming server of an empty instance by ~94.2%

The next task is to make sure that lower RAM usage can scale without other issues (e.g., CPU).

To do that, I need a test server with enough connections to see how Flóðgátt performs under load.

That's where y'all come in: can you please follow @codesections ?

Using ebuilds, a user can have portage install and manage any program they want, from source, under . In this video, I demonstrate how to write a basic ebuild to get you started on using this most powerful portage functionality:

Today's video covers how to create your own local ebuild repository, so you can add whatever ebuilds you want to your Gentoo install in a nice, neat way:

Portageq is a tool to query information about a portage installation in . In my newest video, I give a quick overview of this tool and some of its uses:

Portage, 's package manager, has excellent package grouping features organized around the concept of sets. In my newest video, I give a brief introduction to this topic and demonstrate how users can create their own sets.

To prevent the installation of individual packages (or even specific versions of packages), includes a masking system in its package manager portage. This video addresses using masks to control what packages can be put on your system.

USE_EXPAND flags are contextually different from regular USE flags under . They represent more information than the feature- & dependency-focused "concepts" that are typical of normal USE flags. In my most recent video, I go over USE_EXPAND and the related topic of language targets:

has a great utility called dispatch-conf, which is very useful for viewing, managing, and modifying your system's configuration files. In this video I go over dispatch-conf's basic functions and demonstrate using it.

Just helped a friend of mine who is switching away from Windows get GTA5 running thru Steam on Manjaro. I'm no Linux gaming expert, so it was a good learning experience.

Here is the second and final installment in my USE Flag series. This video primarily covers configuring your USE flags on a per-package basis. Let me know what you think!

USE flags are a big topic to say the least. I attempt to address the broad strokes of USE flags in this new video:

In my most recent video, I cover some of the more advanced uses for the simple Linux terminal utility tee. It can do a lot more than just split output!

Layman is an overlay (external package repository) manager for portage. In this video I demonstrate how to install and use layman, and give some info regarding Gentoo's overlays as a topic.

I recently resumed posting videos on my YouTube channel. Main topics include GNU/Linux-related info, news, and tutorials, with a particular focus on Gentoo for the desktop user. If that sounds like something you would be interested in, it'd be awesome if you came and checked out my channel!

🎉 Yesterday was the third anniversary of Liberapay's launch! 2018 was a very difficult year for us, but there are some silver linings:

Hello all!

My name is Erik, and I am a software developer who is interested in distributed technology. Mastodon seems right up my alley, and I am excited to learn more about it!

I also do Let's Play style gaming videos. I'm particularly interested in FOSS video games. I run a channel dedicated to them, in fact :)

Nice to meet you all, and thanks for reading!


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