Using Webmin—By the Book

Webmin certainly is a convenient tool and a time saver, but it is not a substitute for understanding the inner workings of the OS.
From Simple to Complex

Many of the subsystems are fairly intuitive, and it will be easy for the user to grasp and use them immediately, but some are complicated. The book comes in handy in navigating modules such as Apache, but it assumes that you already understand the applications.

A fair question to ask is whether the benefits of Webmin are worth the learning curve to use it. This would depend on the support environment in which you are working. Webmin certainly is a convenient tool and a time-saver, but it is not a substitute for understanding the inner workings of the OS. Will I continue to use it and learn more about it? Yes.

The book initially reminded me of a college textbook when I first picked it up. At 700+ pages there is a lot of information here and it is geared toward a serious user. It exhaustively covers the modules and walks you through what you need to know. I would recommend it to anyone who plans to use Webmin as a management tool.

Frank Conley is a UNIX/Linux Support Engineer and former system administrator. He has been toying with Linux since 1995, and long ago had the good sense to not see Linux as a toy, but as a very useful tool that he enjoys working with.


White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState