Striving for greatness

Thoughts on emerging tech, open source, and life



About Donnie Berkholz (me!)

I have vast experience at all levels of Linux-distribution creation and management at Gentoo Linux, where I volunteered from 2003–2016 to build and lead a Linux distribution of more than 250 dedicated people and personally maintained nearly 400 packages. I worked to transform Gentoo into a great distribution. My primary focus was on high-level questions, although I did get down and dirty as a core developer. I worked in areas including leading our public relations team, maintaining the X window system, deciding on global Gentoo issues as part of our elected council, managing our desktop efforts, and working with scientific and clustering applications. I often wrote about Gentoo as a guest author for, the best Linux news site (in my humble opinion).

I’m also a research director at 451 Research (as of April 2015). I lead the team that works to understand trends and technology in software development, DevOps, and IT ops.

About this blog

My posts typically relate to topics including building greatness, improving communication, and my work on Gentoo and the X window system.

Contact info


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Phone: 260-355-5550


Written by Donnie Berkholz

February 24, 2008 at 2:17 am

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