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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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Martin F. Krafft (or "madduck", as he's commonly known) is a dedicated Debian developer and computer science enthusiast, currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Limerick, Ireland. As a freelance consultant and trainer, he teaches network security and privacy protection to a professional audience. Martin also assists small to medium-sized companies through the process of calling for, assessing, and supervising tenders, specifically related to security and network infrastructure, but also databases and application servers.

Look anywhere around Martin and all you'll see is Linux; Debian, to be more precise: his 23 servers spread all over the globe, the machines of his colleagues and friends, his leisure reading, the stuff in his flat, and his wardrobe. When he jumped on the bandwaggon in 1995, Unix felt like the long-awaited rain after the drought. As Windows Betatester and NetWare junkie, he had tried hard to help improve the Redmond operating system, but NT 3.51 left a lot of desires unsatisfied. NT 4.0 was so frustrating that upon its release, Martin waved goodbye to double-clicks, eyecandy, and blu screens, and entered the Linux world.

After Slackware, RedHat and SuSE, he finally found Debian in 1997. He has been a faithful supporter of Debian, concentrating on security aspects, quality assurance and usability, public representation, and, as of late, workflow issues. Martin became a Debian developer in 2002 after several years of involvement with the project on fairs and the mailing lists. He also maintains somewhere around 30 packages, but most of them are now in the capable hands of new developers, whom he taught and sponsored.

Right after receiving his Honors Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Swarthmore College, Martin returned to Munich, his hometown. As freelance consultant and partner of Munich's AERAsec GmbH, he began to train professional administrators in the fields of network security, privacy protection, and Linux. Together with Heinlein Linux Akademie, Martin offers courses about Debian and other open source topics.

To fill the 24 hours of his days efficiently, Martin is working on his Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Brian Fitzgerald at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems of the University of Limerick, Ireland. The topic is on method diffusion in large, globally-spaced volunteer projects (such as Debian), and more details are available in the proposal, which was accepted in October 2005. He was previously a Ph.D. student in robotics and artificial intelligence at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich, Switzerland, but gave in to the overpowering urge to spend more time on Debian and workflow issues.

Apart from his not-for-profit server infrastructure (spanning 23 machines on four continents), Martin has gathered experience in the administration of middle-sized networks and user support. As administrative assistant, he helped keep the network at his school running, and later administered the terminal cluster at the computer lab of his university. During an internship, he automated the migration of 1,600 workstations to Windows NT 4.0 and helped the users find their way after the update. Today, Martin is responsible for a number of servers as well a 40 node (FAI) cluster of Debian machines at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.

Martin is also a developer of the Zope, Plone, and Ubuntu projects. He lives in Munich, Germany.

Created by madduck
Last modified 2011-06-14 07:59

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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