on 14 August 2006
If you have to administer a Debian GNU/Linux system then this is the book you need. It explains why things are the way they are, how they are, and how you should use the system.
Although English is not the native language of the author, the text is easy to follow, well written and things are well explained.
This is a book a really do wish I'd bought a year ago, rather than waiting until now. The book is based on the current Sarge release of Debian, but does make reference to the upcoming Etch relase. The web site that goes with the book also provides full errata and diffs to the Etch release.
If you use a debian Linux such as Ubuntu, Linspire, Mepis then this may also be well worth buying too.
Every purchase includes a donation to towards the Debian.
on 20 December 2008
Unusually, the audience for this book is not new users, but is specifically those developers and administrators that already work with Linux, and need to understand how to deploy and manage Debian (or Debian-based systems).
If you are such a person, this book is probably essential. Although Debian has a myriad of tools and conveniences to help administrators, they are unobtrusive, and many are only documented in the man pages and text files that accompany them. Unless you already understand the Debian way of doing things, you will miss a great deal. Long-time Debian users will have absorbed some of this knowledge, but, as far as I know, this is the only book that actually explains "the Debian way".
Although it was written for a previous release of Debian, the information remains valid, so you should not be put off on that account - it remains a unique and very valuable resource.