Obsolete Documentation

Historical documents

The documents listed below were either written a long time ago and are not up to date or have been written for previous versions of Debian and have not been updated to current versions. Their information is outdated, but may still be of interest to some.

User oriented documentation

dselect Documentation for Beginners

This file documents dselect for first-time users, and is intended to help in getting Debian installed successfully. It makes no attempt to explain everything, so when you first meet dselect, work through the help screens.

Authors: Stéphane Bortzmeyer
Maintainer: (?)
Status: stalled: aptitude has replaced dselect as the standard Debian package management interface
Availability:
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


User's Guide

This User's Guide is nothing but a reformatted Progeny User's Guide. Contents are adjusted for the standard Debian system.

Over 300 pages with a good tutorial to start using the Debian system from GUI desktop and shell command line.

Authors: Progeny Linux Systems, Inc.
Maintainer: Osamu Aoki (青木 修)
Status: Useful itself as a tutorial. Written for the woody release, getting obsolete.
Availability:
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian Tutorial

This manual is for a new Linux user, to help such a user get acquainted with Linux once they have installed it, or for a new Linux user on a system which someone else is administering.

Authors: Havoc Pennington, Oliver Elphick, Ole Tetlie, James Treacy, Craig Sawyer, Ivan E. Moore II
Editors: Havoc Pennington
Maintainer: (?)
Status: stalled; incomplete; probably obsoleted by Debian Reference
Availability: not yet complete
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian GNU/Linux: Guide to Installation and Usage

A manual, oriented towards the end-user.

Authors: John Goerzen, Ossama Othman
Editors: John Goerzen
Status: ready (but it is for potato)
Availability: Debian package (archived) debian-guide

Debian User Reference Manual

This manual provides at least an overview of everything a user should know about their Debian GNU/Linux system (i.e. setting up X, how to configure network, accessing floppy disks, etc.). It is intended to bridge the gap between the Debian Tutorial and the detailed manual and info pages supplied with each package.

It is also intended to give some idea of how to combine commands, on the general Unix principle, that there is always more than one way to do it.

Authors: Ardo van Rangelrooij, Jason D. Waterman, Havoc Pennington, Oliver Elphick, Bruce Evry, Karl-Heinz Zimmer
Editors: Thalia L. Hooker, Oliver Elphick
Maintainer: (?)
Status: stalled and quite incomplete; probably obsoleted by Debian Reference
Availability:
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian System Administrator's Manual

This document is mentioned in the introduction of the Policy manual. It covers all system administration aspects of a Debian system.

Authors: Tapio Lehtonen
Maintainer: (?)
Status: stalled; incomplete; probably obsoleted by Debian Reference
Availability: not yet available
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian Network Administrator's Manual

This manual covers all network administration aspects of a Debian system.

Authors: Ardo van Rangelrooij, Oliver Elphick, Duncan C. Thomson, Ivan E. Moore II
Maintainer: (?)
Status: stalled; incomplete; probably obsoleted by Debian Reference
Availability: not yet available
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


The Linux Cookbook

A hands-on reference guide to the Debian GNU/Linux system that shows, in over 1,500 recipes, how to use it for everyday activities — from working with text, images, and sound to productivity and networking issues. Like the software the book describes, the book is copylefted and its source data is available.

Authors: Michael Stutz
Status: published; written for woody, getting obsolete
Availability: Debian package (archived) linuxcookbook

from the author

APT HOWTO

This manual tries to be a quick but complete source of information about the APT system and its features. It contains much information about the main uses of APT and many examples.

Authors: Gustavo Noronha Silva
Maintainer: Gustavo Noronha Silva
Status: ready
Availability: Debian package apt-howto
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.

Euro support in Debian GNU/Linux

This document describes the issues related to Euro support in the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, and provides a guideline of how to properly configure a system and its applications for this purpose.

Authors: Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
Status: ready
Availability: Debian package euro-support
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.

Developer documentation

Dpkg Internals Manual

Documentation about the internals of dpkg, and how to write new tools for package management using the dpkg libraries. This would be useful to a limited audience only.

Authors: Klee Dienes
Status: stalled
Availability: Debian package (archived) dpkg-doc HTML online

Introduction: Making a Debian Package

Introduction on how to create a .deb, using debmake.

Authors: Jaldhar H. Vyas
Status: stalled, obsoleted by New Maintainers' Guide
Availability: HTML online

Debian Programmers' Manual

Helps new developers to create a package for the Debian GNU/Linux system.

Authors: Igor Grobman
Status: obsoleted by New Maintainers' Guide
Availability:
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian Packaging Manual

This manual describes the technical aspects of creating Debian binary and source packages. It also documents the interface between dselect and its access method scripts. It does not deal with the Debian Project policy requirements, and it assumes familiarity with dpkg's functions from the system administrator's perspective.

Authors: Ian Jackson, Klee Dienes, David A. Morris, Christian Schwarz
Status: Parts that were de facto policy were merged into debian-policy.
Availability: Debian package (archived) packaging-manual

Miscellaneous documentation

Debian META Manual

This manual tells the user where to look for the document that covers their questions.

Authors: Ardo van Rangelrooij, Oliver Elphick
Maintainer: (?)
Status: planned
Availability: not ready yet, seems unmaintained
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian Book Suggestions

A list of books of note to Debian users or maintainers.

Authors: Ardo van Rangelrooij, Oliver Elphick, Tapio Lehtonen
Maintainer: ?
Status: planned
Availability: not ready yet
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.


Debian Dictionary

I've been thinking for a long time that we need a Debian dictionary. This project definitely has its own peculiar lingo. Perhaps we could set up a WWW form somewhere so that folks could submit new terms and definitions as they occurred to them.

Authors: Ardo van Rangelrooij, Oliver Elphick
Maintainer: ?
Status: planned
Availability: not ready
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.

The dict-vera and dict-foldoc packages include definitions for a lot of Debian-related terms and abbreviations.


Potato installation HOWTO
Unofficial installation instructions for Debian release 2.2 (codename Potato).

Debian Repository HOWTO

This document explains how Debian repositories work, how to create them, and how to add them to the sources.list correctly.

Authors: Aaron Isotton
Maintainer: Aaron Isotton
Status: ready (?)
Availability:
Latest version:

The latest XML source is available through the Subversion repository.