I am known as trueriver wherever I exist online - whether its about IT or politics or other interests.

I have changed my legal name a few times, each time for political reasons, and am currently (Jan 2017) known legally as River Axe-the-Tax, a comment on the British Bedroom Tax. I use trueriver as my online handle as it is more stable than my legal name.

I discovered GNU-Linux in 1998 in the form of ?SuSe (as they then called themselves), and discovered Debian a year or so later, and have been focused on Debian for the whole of this century :)

I like GNU-Linux because of the collaborative way it has been developped, and the ethose of free=libre software. I have to admit that I also like the free=gratis aspect as well, but that comes a long way second.

I like Debian both for technical reasons, and "politically" because the Debian take on free software seems closest to my own take on those issues. I believe we have RMS to thank for the "political" aspects, and Linus for the technical.

I also use ?LinuxMint, in both its Debian and Ubuntu based forms. This may seem paradoxical, as in some ways it "sells out" on the purity of free software, but as a way of getting people off Windows it seems the most most effective.

I abandoned Ubuntu within an hour of finding out about them selling search strings from the desktop to advertisers. Evil.

I also discovered wikis in 1999 and contributed substantial content to a wiki with a political purpose (the abolition of nuke weapons). The platform was ?UserModWiki and was written in perl and I think is now long dead. I disliked some features and found some bugs, so in classic Stallman fashion I submitted some changes and had most of them accepted. I think that was the real moment of my conversion to the idea of free=libre software, and of the power of collaboration.

Though I have contributed elsewhere in the free software universe, it's taken me 17 years to register here and give something back to this project by updating some info to show the systemd equivalent commands, and correct some logging info that had changed since that page was written.