My question is in regards to this question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/540665/packet-traversal-through-ubuntu-kernel

This is a question about the nitty-gritty underpinnings of the linux kernel. While, technically, related to Ubuntu it's not really Ubuntu-specific. this question on meta leads me to think the proper place is not here but on unix.se instead.

  • Sounds like that guy really needs a forum for a discussion, not a Q/A site.
    – Seth
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 19:04
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    Related: A Google search for "kernel stack exchange" brings up the linux-kernel tags for Unix & Linux and Stack Overflow. AU isn't anywhere near the top set of results.
    – muru
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 2:53

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A whole ton of things that are roughly related to the Ubuntu project (including software it includes and development on it) are explicitly on-topic here. Your example meta question is looking for the best place for generic questions. That's quite a different question than asking if something is on-topic or not.

The question is quite broad though. It wants a blow-by-blow of Linux networking; something you'd usually suggest somebody read a book or two about. It is probably answerable at a high level by somebody who really knows their Kernel networking.

Short answer, it's probably on topic but possibly not the best fit for the Q&A format. I'm perfectly happy to let time sort this out.

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