O’Reilly Network: An Introduction to Webmin

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

“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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