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O'Reilly Network: An Introduction to Webmin

Oct 29, 2000, 15:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dru Lavigne)

"Admit it: When you think of using pretty GUI administrative utilities, Unix is usually not the first operating system that springs to mind. However, the operating systems that do provide nice-looking utilities usually don't let you configure the system any deeper than the vendor wants you to. Fortunately, with FreeBSD and the ports collection, you can have the best of both worlds."

"One of the reasons I love FreeBSD is that the only limitation to what I'm allowed to configure on my systems is my own willingness to learn how to do what I'd like to do. FreeBSD's built-in commands are efficient and powerful; Webmin provides a graphical interface to many of these built-in commands."

"When you build the Webmin port, you are actually installing the Webmin server, which can only be installed on Unix machines. The Webmin server contains Perl modules that let you view and manipulate processes, users, groups, networking configurations, disk quotas, cron jobs, logs, system daemons, and much more."

"Once the Webmin server is installed, you can use any web browser from any operating system to access these modules in order to actually configure your FreeBSD computer. In other words, you install the Webmin port on the FreeBSD computer you wish to administer; you then use a web browser to connect to the computer running the Webmin server."

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