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LinuxToday.com.au: Interview - Jamie Cameron On Webmin And Working For Caldera

Jun 08, 2000, 02:04 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Niki Scevak for this link. ]

"Webmin is a suite of utilities designed to make administering a Linux system easy even for inexperience users. It provides a friendly web-based interface for managing users, configuring web servers, or handling DNS -- all without adversely affecting the plain text configuration files, so that terminal junkies can still use their favourite text editor to tweak the settings by hand."

"I started Webmin to stop people bugging me with trivial system administration tasks," admits Jamie, who started working on Webmin in 1997. "I didn't want to give them the root password, and besides I was the only one who understood the DNS zone format."

"Jamie worked on Webmin in his spare time while working in Singapore and then for a local ISP in Melbourne. When asked whether he'd cut code at home after hours, or during work hours, he admitted "I could get away with it at work in Singapore, because my managers there didn't know enough code to figure out what I was doing."

"Luckily, Jamie's new managers are happy for him to work on Webmin on company time. Caldera Systems, distributors of the OpenLinux distribution, and active sponsors of open source development, are now paying Jamie to work on the project."

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