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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (12 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764576445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764576447
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 can do it, you can do it too ...

Debian is a complex project, but this comprehensive reference will guide you through the process of setting up, using, and administering a Debian GNU/Linux system. This book teaches you the commands, configuration setups, and best practices to use Debian productively on the desktop, Internet, and intranet servers. You′ll learn about the thousands of software packages available for Debian, and how to create your own packages and make them available for other Debian users.

Inside, you′ll find complete coverage of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1

  • Understand the features that make Debian unique among Linux distributions
  • Install Debian, use the shell and filesystem, and install and manage software packages
  • Understand basic Debian system administration including managing user access, performing backups, and securing your system
  • Run Debian using the KDE and GNOME desktop environments
  • Configure graphics and sound, play games, and handle Internet, desktop publishing, and multimedia applications
  • Provide Internet services on a home or corporate network, including e–mail, FTP, and Web servers
  • Set up an intranet and manage file, print, and database services
  • Use a Secure Shell connection to access your Debian system remotely
  • Use the Debian platform for software development and understand Debian policy, the New Maintainer process, and packaging fundamentals

About the Author

Benjamin Mako Hill is an intellectual property researcher and activist and a professional Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) advocate, developer, and consultant. He is an active participant in the Debian Project in both technical and nontechnical roles, and is a founder of Debian–Nonprofit and several other Free Software projects. He is the author of the Free Software Project Management HOWTO and many published works on Free and Open Source Software in addition to academic and nonacademic work in both technical and nontechnical fields. He is currently working full time for Canonical Ltd. on Ubuntu, a Debian–based distribution.

David B. Harris is a professional systems administrator who works with Debian systems daily. He is an active and recognized member of the Debian community, where he maintains a number of Debian components. David also serves as the point of first contact for numerous Debian users and developers, and is known for providing excellent personalized technical support. Aside from Debian, he manages all the technical aspects of the Open and Free Technology Community, a group formed early in 2000 to provide services to Open Source projects.

Jaldhar Vyas is a 34–year–old Hindu priest and consultant specializing in Perl and Linux who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife Jyoti, daughter Shailaja, and son Nilagriva. Jaldhar has been a Debian developer for eight years and a Linux user for 10. His current major area of interest is Debian–IN, subproject to improve Debian s support of Indian–language speakers.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Trickett on 27 May 2007
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Caveat: I was recently given this book and though it now refers to the former stable Debian system "Sarge", I thought I'd read it to see what it has to say. Debian books are less common than some other distros, so even though it's out of date I thought I should still publish a short review. It is also a popular book on Amazon with plenty of positive comments.

This is a highly ambitious book that attempts to cover the whole Debian 3.1 system for beginner to advanced user (though in the Preface they actually suggest beginner to intermediate), from the command line via server functionality to complex GUI office applications and games.

I tried to like this book but ultimately I'd have to say it is fatally flawed. The scope is too large to be adequately dealt with.

It repeats the early history of UNIX and Linux for the beginner, wasted pages for an intermediate or advanced user, while at the same time digging around the innards of Exim and BIND well above the abilities of the beginner.

The section on the kernel netfilter/iptables firewall is particularly weak as is the whole security section which while okay in what it says is just to vague to be much help.

In some respects the book is good, the authors very quickly demonstrate the use of su and then move onto sudo, and they don't do dwell on obsolete tools too much. However the inconsistency of the book means that I'm not sure how really useful the book is.

For the beginner, some sections are good but in others there is insufficient explanation, and a beginner would quickly struggle. For the intermediate user, the basic sections are too basic and the advanced sections are too patchy, some are okay others are just to basic to be of any use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KLE on 3 Jun. 2013
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Well, Debian has reached to its 7. version, squeezy and this book is 3.1 but it is still useful. Many shell commands are same and it is a all rounded guide provided that you keep in mind it is for version 3.1. The attached CD is are out of date but you can easily download them and keep the book as a guide.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2005
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Unlike any previous Debian book I have read. Easy to read with a fantastic chapter on apt-get. Includes full acknowledgement of the Debian community and constitution, If you have just started using Ubuntu this is the perfect book.
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