Debian GNU/Linux Bible

Author: Steve Hunger
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ISBN: 0764547100
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (01 May, 2001)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 39,052
Average Customer Rating: 2.6 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Wouldnt be without it.
I found this book to very satisfying to my Debian loving soul. If you feel Debian, and it makes you proud to be human to use it, Then you must have this wonderful book. It even feels good to just hold the book and look at it, and the Introduction by Ian Murdock himself makes this book a special case amongst the few Debian specific books available. I personally use Libranet Gnu/Linux, which is a MUCH easier to install and more user friendly Debian system, in conjunction with this and other books(Running Linux)
and this would be worth looking into for anyone looking into Linux or Debian for the first time.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Lacks sufficient depth/detail, title is misleading
Author does an "okay" job of presenting a Linux overview, but if he aims to write a tight, well-indexed, comprehensive compendium of GNU/Debian, he has sorely missed the mark. This is unfortunate, since it is very difficult to find good-quality Debian documentation.
The book seems to have been rushed to market, complete with spelling mistakes and, rather than dish the goods on Debian details, the chapters appear to be little more than overviews, each one ending with a short summary and a small number of URLs, most typically pointers to the linux HOW-TO documents on the web.
The author, like too many others, discusses hardware setup during initial install, but no discussion of what to do if you add something after Debian is installed. (Hint: you'll need 'modconf' for this, and no, it's not in the book). Chapter 5 includes manual file configuration for networking, but the author passes on the opportunity to mention resolv.conf in this discussion.
A couple dozen chapters in similar style are guaranteed to instill a profound sense of resentment in the reader who was hoping for a true Debian-specific volume. All of this is capped by 85 pages of "filler" masquerading as Appendices. Yes, we all know where to find lists of linux commands, and giving us a tedious description of the Debian packages does nothing more than reiterate information we get from running 'dselect'.
.... Save your money for the real Debian "bible"... if it ever gets written.

Rating: 4 out of 5
It's a Bible book
While this book may not offer in-depth coverage, the Bible books aren't really meant to. It does, however, do a decent job of doing what it's supposed to do, provide introductory material on a wide range of subjects. Providing in-depth coverage in all of the subjects presented in this book would result in 5,000+ pages.

Lets face it, there's not a lot on Debian out there let alone v2.2. For someone just starting out (yes, beginners can use Debian too) this is probably one of the better books to have as it covers installation through basic system administration to setting up servers.

I'm giving it four stars because anyone with realistic expectations of a Bible-type book will find it to be a valuable reference.

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