Weblog entry #81 for ajt
Concepts and Techniques
M. F. Kraft
No Starch Press ISBN: 1-59327-069-0
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 (Aug 2006). I'll have to read this book again, I think it's the kind of book you can learn from on each reading.
The book is based on the oldstable 3.1 "Sarge" release of Debian, but does make forward reference to the current 4.0 "Etch" release. The web site that goes with the book also provides full errata and diffs to the "Etch" release.
It is technically dated now that "Etch" has become the stable version, however much of the book still remains valid. The book covers in considerable depth: The Debian Project; Installation; Releases and Archives; Package Management; System Administration; Security; Kernel building; Mixing Releases; Custom Installation; Creating Debs and Documentation Resources.
Every purchase includes a donation to towards the Debian.
UPDATE: I got an email from Martin, there won't be an update of the book for Etch, but there is a slight possibility for Lenny. Status of my book
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