Unlike many Linux distributions, Debian GNU/Linux gives administrators full control, rather than hide details behind graphical tools. In the field of Linux distributions, Debian is like a manual camera (compared with Ubuntu, the automatic camera). Both can take beautiful photos but the manual camera offers users more control and more potential, as long as they know how to use those controls. In the second edition of the highly-acclaimed The Debian System, author Martin Krafft, an experienced Debian developer, explains the workings of the Debian system and shows how to use it. You'll learn how to harness the full power of this robust, scalable, and secure operating system and grow to appreciate how Debian's strict adherence to standards, pragmatism, vision, and a certain degree of academic perfection make it the exceptional system that it is today. This is a fascinating, must-have volume that Unix and Linux administrators will find complements the standard Linux references. Co-published with Open Source Press of Munich, Germany.
Martin Krafft has been a faithful supporter of Debian since 1997, working on quality assurance, security topics, interfaces, and processes. He has experience administering mid-sized networks and providing user support, and is responsible for numerous servers. Krafft received his Ph.D. from the University of Limerick, having researched adoption behavior among contributors to the Debian System.