I am Kylie McClain, I’m multi-faceted, and I refuse limit myself to being good at one thing.

Email me at <kylie@somas.is>. Please contact me there if anything more specific is desired.


  • Student IT Technician at Appalachian State University Technology Support Services (2018-present)

    • Virus removal, data backup, hardware diagnostics, ticket management via Jira.

    • Customer service, explaining repair steps taken to customers upon them picking up their computers.

    • Known as the only person in the office who knows what they’re doing with Linux, usually machines running Linux that are having problems get referred to me. :-)

Open-source work

  • Core developer, Exherbo Linux (2014-2017)

    • Coordinated efforts with approximately 20 other developers via IRC.

    • Redesigned site to be more modern and adaptable to mobile devices.

    • Added support for new platforms such as musl libc.

    • Wrote bootstrapping documentation for new processor architectures.

    • Wrote documentation for complex code previously written by others.

Side projects

  • Mutiny, a Linux distribution/research project aiming for unique, coherent, and fun computing. (2016-present)

  • musl libc wiki, a community-maintained wiki documenting the musl libc project. I maintain the build system for it, the stylesheets, and host it.

Skills & Interests

  • Operating systems: Alpine Linux, Exherbo Linux, Arch Linux, Debian GNU/Linux, Windows 10

  • Software: POSIX Shell/bash, musl libc, s6, execline, OpenSSH, pacman, AsciiDoc (this site is written in it), Markdown, etc.

  • Interests: Minimalist system design, system administration, small systems, efficient use of resources.


  • Appalachian State University (2018-present)

    • Pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.

    • Arrived with an intent to pursue a degree in computer science, but my lifelong passion for philosophy and desire to learn about it in a deep manner won out. I credit philosophy for all of my opinions about how computers should work.

  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (2016-2018, transferred)

  • Concord High School (2012-2016, graduated)

  • Central Cabarrus High School (2011-2012, part of STEM program)


  • Music making, using FL Studio. (2012-present, probably until I die)

  • Somewhat active contributor to OpenStreetMap. It’s helped me to find the world around me and the community I live in a lot more interesting. Anywhere new I go ends up on the map sooner or later.