Get the French Version of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook

While the French e-book has been available for a while already, the finalization of the French paperback with its French editor Eyrolles took longer than expected.

But the book is now available in any good bookstore. Go grab your copy.

Debian 8 Jessie

You might have noticed that the cover is really different this time. This is because the book moved from the collection “Cahier de l’Admin” (Admin Handbook) to the collection “Blanche” (White collection).

Get the Japanese version of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook

(Japanese translation at the end)

Debian Handbook CoverI’m pleased to announce that the Japanese translation team lead by Ryuunosuke Ayanokouzi completed the translation of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook (Jessie version). They even did everything required to publish a paperback version of the book.

Now have a look at the book and download your copy.

We all hope you will enjoy the book, and spread the word about this new translation. The translators did a tremendous job, they deserve a bit of publicity.

BTW, there’s a 25% discount for the launch of this new paperback, it’s only valid until March 16th so hurry up!

Debian 管理者ハンドブック日本語版の販売開始のお知らせ

Debian Handbook CoverRyuunosuke Ayanokouzi の率いる日本語翻訳チームが Debian 管理者ハンドブック (Jessie 版) の日本語翻訳を成し遂げました。われわれ著者はこのニュースを発表できることを嬉しく思います。さらに日本語翻訳チームは日本語翻訳のペーパーバック版を出版するために必要なすべての作業までも行いました。

現在、皆様は日本語版をウェブ上で閲覧したり手元にダウンロードしたりすることが可能です。

われわれ著者は日本語版が皆様の役に立ち、本書の新たな翻訳版として広く認知されることを願っています。日本語翻訳チームは素晴らしい仕事を成し遂げ、多くの貢献を果たしています。

また、今なら日本語ペーパーバック版の販売開始を記念して 25% 割引セールを実施中です。割引セールは 3 月 16 日までの期間限定で行われていますので、この機会をぜひお見逃しなく!

Major update of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook for Debian 8 “Jessie”

Cover of the Debian Administrator's Handbook (jessie version)We’re pleased to announce the availability of “The Debian Administrator’s Handbook, Debian Jessie from Discovery to Mastery”.

We went through all the chapters to update the content so that it matches your experience with Debian 8 “Jessie“. We added new sections (covering systemd, AppArmor) and dealt with many requests of our most loyal readers who took the time to file a bug report with their suggestions and their fixes.

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 15% discount. Just click on this link and place your order before November 9th. Afterwards, the discount will be gone.

As usual we welcome reviews and comments!

The Debian Administrator’s Handbook Updated for Debian 8 Available for Proofreading

ProofreadingMuch later than what I hoped for, we have completed the update of our book for Debian 8 “Jessie”. We are currently proofreading all the chapters and you are invited to help us in this process.

To this end, the book is now available online:

Among all the usual updates there are some noteworthy changes:

If you find mistakes or typos, feel free to report them in the comments or by sending us an email. Even better if you can double check the git repository first to ensure that we did not fix them yet.

You get extra bonus points if you review a whole chapter and send us a patch ready to apply on our git tree. 🙂

We hope to publish the final version of the book by the end of the month.

First translations of the Debian Wheezy Handbook: French, Spanish, and more to come?

I’m glad to announce that the Wheezy version of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook now sports two full translations with the French and Spanish ones.

French: Cahier de l’Admin Debian Wheezy

Cahier de l'Admin Debian Wheezy Not really a surprise since this is our mother tongue and since the last crowdfunding campaign made this work possible. Still, it’s an important milestone for us because this is first time Eyrolles publishes this book under a free license from the start.

The book is thus available as a paperback in all (good) bookstores as well as an e-book that you can read online and download.

Spanish: El libro del administrador de Debian

The Spanish translation team lead by Matías Bellone worked very hard to get back to 100% of translated strings and you can now enjoy the result.

Let us thank the translators:

  • Matías Bellone
  • Adrià García-Alzórriz
  • Rene Saavedra
  • all the persons who contributed to the translation of the former version of the book

Crowdfunding campaign for the Arabic translation

Muhammad Saied is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to gather the $4500 required to let him and Mohamed Amine complete the translation.

If you speak and read Arabic (or more generally care about spreading Debian in the part of the world that uses this language), click here and go support this project!

Other translations

There are many other translations that would benefit from some help to get closer to completion. You can already browse and download the corresponding books.

Here’s the progression of all the existing translations:

  • Arabic (ar-MA): 9%
  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR): 36%
  • Chinese (zh-CN): 26%
  • Farsi (Persian) (fa-IR): 0%
  • French (fr-FR): 100%
  • Danish (da-DK): 0%
  • German (de-DE): 66%
  • Greek (el-GR): 1%
  • Hungarian (hr-HR): 3%
  • Indonesian (id-ID): 8%
  • Italian (it-IT): 64%
  • Japanese (ja-JP): 0%
  • Polish (pl-PL): 2%
  • Romanian (ro-RO): 1%
  • Russian (ru-RU): 29%
  • Spanish (es-ES): 100%
  • Turkish (tr-TR): 0%

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.

First chapters of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook updated for Debian 7

debian-joyI know that we’re late, but better late than never… we’re in the process of updating the book for Debian 7 Wheezy.

You can follow our progress in the TODO file in the Git repository.

Nothing is final yet, but if you’re interested, you can read and review the chapters that have already been updated:

If you find inaccuracies, typos, or spelling mistakes, please let us know. You can use the comments on this article or a direct email to the authors.

Update of 2013-07-31: Added the 6th and 15th chapter to the list.
Update of 2013-10-14: Added the 8th chapter to the list.

The French translation of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook is now online

Cover of the current French book (Cahier de l'Admin: Debian Squeeze)Thanks to the success of the liberation campaign of the original book in French, the Debian Administrator’s Handbook now has a second complete translation: after the Spanish translation, the French one!

You can browse the French book online, and download it directly from the main download page.

The book is based on Debian Squeeze as the Wheezy update is still in progress…

We would like to thank Eyrolles who made this liberation possible and offered nice ebooks as rewards for supporters. Thank you as well to the 721 supporters who contributed to this crowdfunding campaign, you have been awesome and reached all the targets we have set! 🙂

Jumpstart a French translation of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook

One year ago, the Debian Administrator’s Handbook came to life as a translation from the French book “Cahier de l’Admin Debian” (published by Eyrolles). With the support of hundreds of persons, we also managed to publish it under a free license so that it could find its way into Debian proper.

Having done that, we were left in the odd situation where we had a free translation of a proprietary book. Now, together with Eyrolles, we have setup a new project to publish the French book under a free license and contribute it back to the Debian Administrator’s Handbook as the official French translation.

Liberate the Debian Handbook

The French book played a major role in my life and I would love to see it published under a free license (GPL-2+ / CC-BY-SA 3.0 just like the English book) and to give it the bright future that it deserves.

The Debian Administrator’s Handbook wouldn’t exist without the original book… so please consider supporting this project. This last step is an important one for me, I count on you.

Now head over there: http://www.ulule.com/liberation-cahier-admin-debian/

Thank you again for your support!

The Debian Administrator’s Handbook is available in Spanish

TranslationsThanks to the hard work of the Spanish translation team, the Debian Administrator’s Handbook is now available in Spanish. They have translated all the textual content of the book!

You can browse the Spanish book online, and download it directly from the main download page.

The book is based on Debian Squeeze as the Wheezy update is not done yet.

Join me to thank all the translators who made this possible:

  • Matías Bellone
  • Isma De Andrés Presa
  • Ricardo Mendoza
  • Iván Alemán
  • Marcos Mezo
  • Norman Garcia
  • Tzihue Cisneros Perez
  • Dario Java
  • José David Calderón Serrano
  • Roger Orellana

By the way other translations need your help to reach completion as well!