The Debian Administrators Handbook


The Debian administrators handbook.

It was only published in 2012, but oh right it is 2020 now, just eight years ago.

I guess not much has happened since then, or has it ? It is written by Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas and this book teaches the essentials to anyone who wants to become an effective and independent Debian GNU/Linux administrator.

The Debian administrators handbook.


It covers all the topics that a competent Linux administrator should master, from the installation and the update of the system, up to the creation of packages and the compilation of the kernel, but also monitoring, backup and migration, without forgetting advanced topics like SELinux setup to secure services, automated installations, or virtualization with Xen, KVM or LXC.

First, systems administrators (both beginners and experienced) will find explanations about the installation and deployment of Debian on many computers. They will also get a glimpse of most of the services available on Debian, along with matching configuration instructions and a description of the specifics coming from the distribution. Understanding the mechanisms involved in Debian’s development will enable them to deal with unforeseen problems, knowing that they can always find help within the community.

Users of another Linux distribution, or of another Unix variant, will discover the specifics of Debian, and should become operational very quickly while benefitting fully from the unique advantages of this distribution.
Finally, readers who already have some knowledge of Debian and want to know more about the community behind it should see their expectations fulfilled.

This book should make them much closer to joining us as contributors.

It covers Debian 8.xx Jessie....

However it is copyrighted until 2015, so it might contain some suprises...

Now, why is it free to download in 2019?, when It has been copyrighted from  2003 - until 2015.

This book is now available under the terms of two licenses compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

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This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

GNU General Public License Notice:

This book is free documentation: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This book is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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