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.


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