Re: Webmin? Good, Bad, Ugly?
- From: SteVe Cook <yorvik.ubunto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 10:05:20 +0100
On 07/21/2007 03:09 PM, Brian Fahrlander wrote:I agree with the above, it is an excellent eeducational tool and has
Damien Hull wrote:
Is Webmin good, bad or just damn ugly?I'm a fan; it does good work, especially when you need to fiddle
I would like others opinions. I use Webmin for all my linux servers. I
know I should be using the command line. However, I work with a lot of
people that are new to Linux. They don't know anything about the CLI.
* Is Webmin a good thing for new Linux users ( server side not
* Is there another option?
All suggestions / opinions are welcome.
with something you've never really dealt with before; like squid. It
can make a reasonable 'default' config file that the service can
understand, until you get time to. I've never had it mess up a service,
unlike, for instance, LinuxConf.
It does have a security footprint, though: I've not dwelt on the
details, but it's something you'd want to use inside the firewall, with
no external access, unless you don't trust your users.
But being able to hand off certain functions to part-time admins,
like in the case of someone needing to edit /etc/aliases, it's a great
tool. I believe the repos don't have it by default, due to the security
I suppose it's a conditional thumbs-up.
Being new at setting up an Ubuntu server Webmin has been a lifesaver &
an excellent learning tool for me. It's helped me learn the
interfaces/processes, file locations, etc., and then when I do use
command line I have a better understanding of what I'm actually changing
& how. I've installed it on my 4 other test systems & internal test
workstations as well. However, the first thing that I do is change the
default port from 10000 to something less obvious & well known. And, of
course I've also broken a few things with Webmin along the way :-)
Disclaimer: all of the above are in my own private firewalled test
environment. I've not attempted to use it outside of that environment.
taught me a lot about settings on servers and does allow you to
experiment with out to much fear of really fouling things up.
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