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Here are brief descriptions and links on the parts of the the Debian system.
The Desktop and Workstation
Have you been told that Debian and Linux are just about a black screen with white letters? Nothing is further from the truth. Debian is fully-packed with multimedia applications, desktop environments and productivity/Internet applications.
DesktopEnvironments - Desktop Systems for X Window System:
WindowManagers - Window Managers for X:
See also ConfigureX - How to configure the X-Window-System
The Command Line
Whether you're new or experienced user, you'll find that the command line (that black screen with white letters) is a great tool for doing mass administration jobs and lots of other applications in Debian. You can even work on images while you're in a command line!
ShellConfiguration - Customize your shell
coreutils - The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities
Bash (shell commands)
Debian has been qualified as a OMG operating system for administrators, primarily because of its ease of use, security and straight-forward common sense usage.
FilesystemHierarchyStandard (FHS) - How the directories and files on Debian are organized.
BootProcess - How your system boots, and how to configure booting.
LinuxKernel - Lots of resources for the Linux Kernel.
ConfigureX - How to configure the X-Window-System:
Video3d - Information about 3D Video Cards
NetworkConfiguration - Defining your system's IP address and DNS addresses.
SecurityManagement - Securing your System.
Sarge2EtchUpgrade - Upgrading from Sarge (Debian 3.1) to Etch (Debian 4.0)
WhereIsIt - A guide to finding almost anything in Debian.
TimeZoneChanges - What to do if your government changes the clocks.
RemoteDesktop - How to set up remote desktop servers.
Bugzilla - Running a local bug tracking system
HostingControlPanels - Interfaces for customers of hosting companies using Debian.
Network_Monitoring - How to monitor your Network and Servers
LDAP - Anything and everything to do with LDAP.
?ServerHardware - Known server hardware that works excellently with Debian.
NFSServerSetup - How to set up an NFS (version 3 at least) server, and connect via another Linux machine.
RoundUp - Scalable helpdesk/bug tracking system with standalone capability.
Configuring Hardware and Drivers
Hardware - Hardware and drivers in Debian Linux.
Sound - Getting sound working in Debian.
Debian Admin Debian Linux Tutorials and Articles.
Debian Help Debian Help for Debian Users Community.
Debian Administration Up-to-date real life encounters with Debian.
Getting Software into the System
Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 15490 packages -- precompiled, ready-to-run software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine. The packages are stored in the Debian Archive.
Packages contain all the files neccessary to install and run the software on your computer. The system that Debian uses to organize and manage the packages is called Apt (Advanced Package Tool). This is a set of tools used to download, install, track, configure, update, and build packages. The programs in most packages depend on other software to be on your system in order to run properly. One of the great features of APT is the ability to handle these dependencies.
Because the package management tools were developed over time, the earlier tools are lower-level command-line tools and are more suitable for experienced users; the more recent tools are higher-level interactive tools and more suitable for new users. Here are the tools, in hierarchical order:
Interactive Tools which Automatically Handle Dependencies
Debian Traditional Interactive Tools
dselect - The Debian Package Selection Tool
Command Line Tools
Additional Information on Packages
DebianPackage - Debian packages, including pointers on how to build them.
ReverseDepends - How to find full reverse dependencies on a package.
RollbackUpdate - How to go back to a previous version of a package that was changed by a security update
Working with Repositories
RepositoryLocal - Using a local repository
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