Major update of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook for Debian 7 (Wheezy)

Cover of the Debian Administrator's HandbookWe’re pleased to announce the availability of “The Debian Administrator’s Handbook, Debian Wheezy from Discovery to Mastery”. This is the first major update of the book since the first edition (in May 2012).

We went through all chapters to update everything that changed with Debian 7. We also got rid of some really old content that was really no longer relevant. On the opposite, we added new stuff (such as a section about multi-arch), and addressed 16 bugs reported by loyal readers.

We hope that you will enjoy the result, browse it online or grab a copy (paperback/ebook). It should also be available as a Debian package (in Debian unstable but should be installable on any Debian system given that it has no dependencies).

As a special launch deal, you can get the paperback version with a 10% discount. Just click on this link and place your order before January 9th. Afterwards, the discount will be gone.

Just to give an idea of the amount of changes:

$ wc -l en-US/*.xml |grep total
  30263 total
$ git diff --stat debian/6.0+20120509 debian/7.20131230 en-US/*.xml
 en-US/00a_preface.xml                 |  202 +++++--
 en-US/00b_foreword.xml                |  314 +++++++----
 en-US/01_the-debian-project.xml       |  875 +++++++++++++++++-------------
 en-US/02_case-study.xml               |  210 ++++---
 en-US/03_existing-setup.xml           |  230 ++++----
 en-US/04_installation.xml             |  435 +++++++--------
 en-US/05_packaging-system.xml         |  738 +++++++++++++++----------
 en-US/06_apt.xml                      | 1418 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------------------
 en-US/07_solving-problems.xml         |  223 ++++----
 en-US/08_basic-configuration.xml      | 1166 +++++++++++++++++----------------------
 en-US/09_unix-services.xml            |  585 ++++++++------------
 en-US/10_network-infrastructure.xml   |  447 ++++++++-------
 en-US/11_network-services.xml         |  787 +++++++++++++++------------
 en-US/12_advanced-administration.xml  | 1188 +++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------
 en-US/13_workstation.xml              |  441 ++++++++-------
 en-US/14_security.xml                 |  270 +++++----
 en-US/15_debian-packaging.xml         |  164 +++---
 en-US/70_conclusion.xml               |   78 +--
 en-US/90_derivative-distributions.xml |  164 +++---
 en-US/92_short-remedial-course.xml    |  282 +++++-----
 en-US/Book_Info.xml                   |   13 +-
 21 files changed, 5567 insertions(+), 4663 deletions(-)

So about 20% of the book has been modified.


  1. Andy Cater says

    New Wheezy handbook – thank you very much for all your efforts

    Security – iptables rules – the question came up at work as to why Debian does not include a firewall by default (like Red Hat / CentOS) iptables-persistent was useful in providing something very similar that saves to a known consistent place and is brought up and down via init.d or whichever init system.

    This is only a small script but it may be useful to bring it to the attention of others.

  2. says

    This is a book to learn by enjoying. I must say each chapter is masterly developed to teach Debian from basics to in depth.
    Because it’s freely available it’s a great resource for the masses and to spread Debian as well.

  3. Nebucatnetzer says

    Thank you very much for this book even though I’ve currently read only about 50% of the previous version I really enjoyed it so far.
    It’s very easy to understand and it’s written in a way which keeps you interested.
    Many explanations are even in other distros beside Debian based ones useful.

  4. Shaun O'Connor says

    In the chapter on installation reference is made to the side

    In testing several times(29/05/2014) the site times out without connecting..

    the alaternate site(the first listed) is however functinal. as of this writing.