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The Debian Administrator's Handbook
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Only 9 days left to support the translation of the Debian Administrator's Handbook in Arabic. Check out if an Arabic translation appeals to you! Muhammad Saied has already contributed a lot of text (see, thus it would be nice to see this project succeed. Share the link!
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It's finally there! Go grab your copy of the best free (as in freedom) Debian book, now covering Debian 7 “Wheezy”. There's a 10% discount if you order a paperback copy before January 9th 2014.
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Thanks for the book! I still need to update from Squeeze!
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No summer vacation for us, we're busy updating the book for Debian 7 (aka Wheezy). Have a look at the first chapters that we have put online! Feedback welcome.
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Appreciate the effort!
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After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the French translation of the Debian Administrator's Handbook has been liberated and is now freely available online. Enjoy !
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The Spanish translation of the Debian Administrator's Handbook is now complete. You can browse it online and it's now available on the usual download page as well... Kudos to the Spanish translation team! It's the first team which has completed their translation of the book. (But the German team is close behind...)
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Gran noticia y mejor libro.
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Several teams are working hard to translate the Debian Administrator's Handbook in multiple languages and a few have done a big job already. Brazilian Portuguese is at 33%, Italian is at 45%. German is supposed to be at 100% but they haven't committed the result yet, they're working on reviewing their translation first. Keep going! And feel free to join the teams...
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Good work. Could not find a Russian translation. There are in the queue this translation?
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Ladies and gentlemen, we're pleased to announce that we completed the French translation and that the book is already available in bookstores (Cahier de l'Admin Debian Wheezy, published by Eyrolles). And the Spanish translation has also been completed! Enjoy.
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The release of the Wheezy update of the Debian Administrator's Handbook is close... here's a preview of the cover. Enjoy!
PS: Subscribers to Raphaël's newsletter will benefit from a special launch deal, so head over to and subscribe now!
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Is it strange that the first thing that I looked for was whether the cover image is duplicated again on the book on the cover of the book in the cover?

It seems it's not the same desktop, shame. :P
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Learn more about our plans to liberate the French book which served as a basis to create the Debian Administrator's Handbook and how you can help us to contribute it back as an official French translation.
The crowdunding campaign is over there:
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After a few months of break, we must already get back to work on the Debian Handbook... it's time to start to update it for Debian 7.0 Wheezy. This blog article explains how we're going to do it and how you can help! Check it out.
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Thank you so much!
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Debian Wheezy From Discovery To Mastery

Accessible to all, this book teaches the essentials to anyone who wants to become an effective and independent Debian GNU/Linux administrator.

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.

Written by two Debian developers—Raphaël Hertzog and Roland Mas—it's a fantastic resource for all users of a Debian-based distribution.

The first half of the book covers topics relevant for any Debian user:

  • how the Debian project works and the various distributions that it offers;
  • how to effectively use the packaging system and the associated tools (dpkg, APT, …);
  • how to install Debian with debian-installer;
  • how to find the required documentation/help;
  • how to setup new services;
  • how to solve the problems that you might encounter;

The second half of the book concerns system administrators who have to setup and manage a Debian server, or a large set of desktop machines. You’ll learn:

  • how to configure all the most common services (Apache, Postfix, OpenLDAP, Samba, NFS, …)
  • how to setup virtual machines with KVM/Xen/LXC
  • how to secure your server
  • how to automatize installations with FAI/d-i/simple-cdd
  • how to manage your storage with LVM and RAID
  • etc.