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The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques
Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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The Debian GNU/Linux operating system is a moving target. Even though the book is primarily based on Debian sarge, it is my intention to keep you up to speed with pertinent changes in the system (or the project). Should you be tracking testing or unstable, or by the time that the next release, etch, comes out, several points raised and techniques described in this book will be improved or replaced with better implementations. The following are such changes which have happened since the official release of the book in June 2005, sorted by chapter and page number. Click on the short description to see the details.

If you notice any change not listed here, please do not hesitate to let me know!

To stay up-to-date on changes to the Debian system, you may want to consider subscribring to the changes RSS feed, or the RSS feed which aggregates the changes and the errata.

Chapter 1. Introduction

p. 18 Debian still fastest growing distro 2006-01-10

Chapter 2. The Debian Project

p. 46 Dissertation chapter on social aspects of the Debian community 2005-08-28
p. 61 Alioth project initscripts-ng started 2005-11-21

Chapter 4. Debian releases and archives

p. 116 amd64 architecture added to official archive 2006-03-16
p. 122 Debian adds security support for amd64 2005-08-11

Chapter 5. The Debian package management system

p. 181 Prefer aptitude over apt-get (for dist-upgrades) 2005-07-18
p. 208 postfix-tls integrated into postfix post-sarge 2005-07-25
p. 239 debedit integrated into devscripts as deb-reversion 2005-08-09
p. 256 Future popularity-contest can also use HTTP 2005-07-25
p. 260 Linux kernel packages for 2.6.12 and up are named linux-*. 2005-07-26

Chapter 7. Security of the Debian system

p. 359 Document about the workings of the security team 2005-06-27
p. 363 Debian adds security support for the testing release 2005-09-25
p. 373 New Wiki page detailing Secure APT 2006-01-07

Chapter 8. Advanced concepts

p. 382 Debian Linux Kernel Handbook released 2006-01-06

Chapter 9. Creating Debian packages

p. 437 New dpkg source package format 2005-06-25

Chapter 10. Documentation and resources

p. 517 New Wiki went live 2005-09-02
p. 520 Debian Bible: official title has 3.1, not 3.X 2005-06-21
p. 520 Debian Bible: Jaldhar H. Vyas is third author 2005-06-21
p. 532 Debian bug tracker adds per-user tags 2005-09-02
p. 532 Debian bug tracker adds dependencies 2005-08-12
p. 532 Versioned bug reports 2005-07-19
p. 553 Subscribing to single bugs now possible 2005-07-22

Chapter C. Miscellaneous

p. 574 New ftpmaster key for 2006 2006-01-04

Aric Campling, MozillaQuest: [The author] approaches [the text] from a very practical stance. He writes with a very down-to-earth methodology that neither condescends to nor speaks over the heads of its intended readers.


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