Steve's Software Page
Linux is a Unix-like operating system which was originally written to run on Intel-compatible 386-based PCs, but has now been ported to many other architectures. It was started by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki in 1991, Finland and since then has been added to by an anarchic team of coders distributed around the world. It is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For more information to help setting up and running your own Linux machine, look at the Linux Documentation Project.
Linux Journal is published monthly and contains much of interest to Linux users, including articles about Linux and Free Software development, usage tips and advertisements for hardware and software suppliers supporting Linux.
If you do decide to install Linux yourself, I would recommend the Debian distribution, due to its easily upgradable nature and systematic bug reporting/fix system. But then, I may be a little biased, as I have been a Debian developer since 1996.
I currently maintain the following packages: cvs, dvdtape, giftrans, jigit, libupnp, mimedecode, motifnls, nas, netpbm-nonfree, seyon and wmaloader. I'm also a co-maintainer for cdrtools, debian-cd and xmms-scrobbler.
The bugs in my packages are here.
I am Treasurer of the Debian UK Society, a group consisting of the UK Debian Developers. We are the group that organise Debian's presence at Linux expos and trade shows in the UK.
I'm also an active participant in the Debian CD team, the group responsible for creating CD and DVD images of Debian releases. I also write and sell these CDs and DVDs.
I've written JTE to help in producing jigdo images for releasing CDs and DVDs. JTE is a patch to mkisofs and a set of separate utilities, packaged as jigit.
Some of my packages are available separately from the main Debian archive temporarily (e.g. for experimental versions, or for packages that have not yet been processed via the NEW queue). See http://www.einval.com/debian/local-packages/ for those.
PGP - Pretty Good Privacy - is a very useful tool for ensuring privacy in communication, and also authentication of messages public and private. It is one of the core tools used in the Debian project to enable authentication of communications and packages.
To search for a PGP 2.6 compatible key, check the old key servers.
For more recent keys, www.keyserver.net has a much better key search page.
And finally, here are my public keys:
Other Free Software
Richard Corfield wrote an Idiot's Guide to using the trn newsreader.