We all know ressu is the ultimate control freak 😉 So here's what he thinks of Webmin
'Augh! yet another Web based configuration manager',
i think when i see the Webmin in my aptitudes new packages
list. 'Maybe.. Just Maybe, this is better than
LinuxConf', which i had installed a month back and killed
as soon as i get it running.
Today i felt like i should install it, just to see if it
outperforms SWAT which i installed to see if it does well with
samba. The installation itself went smoothly, apt-get gets the
package, i get a note that Webmin knows the system beneath, i
smile a little thinking that it just digs up the version for
the system and prints it out to be cool...
The First touch..
I load up my browser, head to http://localhost:10000, and
get a prompt asking me my roots password. i give in the
password and get a menu in front of me. I was expecting to see
the configuration options (remember, i used linuxconf
previously) and i just get a few options, and sub menus.
'Hmm.. where is all the good stuff?', i think and start
clicking around. After a while i figure out the pattern,
everything is quite well organized.
For the first time I've found a web interface for the system
that i like...
Let it rip!
Ok, i had some quake files that a friend of mine wanted, i
remember seeing samba somewhere and look it up.
The first thing i notice, that is better than swat, is that
i can see my shares and the basic info i needed, right in the
first page. ofcourse i want to create the share and click the
'new file share' link, and start filling in the fields. the
second surprise is that the directory selecting can be made
with a web page, with works actually quite well (even in
i was surprised that i could edit almost every option i
could imagine in samba, and the menus were well organized, i
didn't have to look long for an option. And it even had a few
tricks easily accessible.
after i had made the share, i left samba alone and started
looking for other features. I was quite impressed so far (and
as a control freak i don't impress easily)
on the servers menu i see yet another surprise, postfix.. i
click the cute postman penguin and start to look for the tricky
stuff. 'this is Great.. they have all kinds of stuff here,
even LDAP!' I dig in a while, as i don't have such a weird
configuration in this machine, i just look around and see a lot
of options i didn't even remember anymore. (and many new
next up was apache. 'This is REALLY going to screw my
configuration up!', i think and open up a new Eterm and
back up my configuration. my apache was already configured and
i only explored the features. 'mmm.. there is virtualhosts..
aha.. that is for permissions.. oh.. there are the mime
types', i head off to change some features and see how much
it breaks my current configuration. after a while of
examination i notice that i have all the original comments in
the file too and i decide to make a test.
I make a comment bethween a block of parameters, and for by
surprise i notice that at the most it moves the comment a bit
(if something was deleted next to it). That truly impresses
i didn't actually have too much time to dig through all the
advanced features in Webmin, and decide to start working
although i didn't dig through it totally i can see that
Linuxconf is no more (for me at least) and Webmin is something
that i plan to use in the future. I am sure that there are and
always will be some bugs and downsides in Webmin too but so far
it's something that keeps me satisfied (i consider myself as
advanced user) and still has the ease of use that a beginner
can use it.