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Linux sayılı yıllardan bu yana gücünü artırmaya devam etmekte ve her zamankinden daha fazla kullanıcıyı kendine çekerek popülaritesini yükseltmektedir. Bu yolda yapılacak ilk adım da bir dağıtım seçmektir. Bu önem taşıyan bir karar verme anıdır, çünkü her dağıtımın kendine has özellikler taşır ve baştan doğru seçim yapıldığında gelecekteki yer değiştirmelerin önüne geçilmiş olur.
Debian GNU/Linux brçok kullancısı olan "kapsamlı" bir Linux dağıtımıdır. Bu kitabın amacı da seçim yaparken bilinçli bir tercihte bulunabilmeniz için birçok bakış açısından bahsetmektir.

1. Neden Bu Kitap?

Linux has gathered a fair amount of media coverage over the years; it mostly benefits the distributions supported by a real marketing department — in other words, company-backed distributions (Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE, and so on). But Debian is far from being a marginal distribution; multiple studies have shown over the years that it is widely used both on servers and on desktops. This is particularly true among web servers where Debian and Ubuntu are the leading Linux distributions.
The purpose of this book is to help you discover this distribution. We hope to share the experience that we have gathered since we joined the project as developers and contributors in 1998 (Raphaël) and 2000 (Roland). With any luck, our enthusiasm will be communicative, and maybe you will join us sometime…
The first edition of this book (in 2004) served to fill a gaping hole: it was the first French-language book that focused exclusively on Debian. At that time, many other books were written on the topic both for French-speaking and English-speaking readers. Unfortunately almost none of them got updated, and over the years the situation slipped back to one where there were very few good books on Debian. We hope that this book, which has started a new life with its translation into English (and several translations from English into various other languages), will fill this gap and help many users.