Graphic Administration with Webmin

Administrating a Linux server might be complicated, but Webmin can help you work quickly and safely.

Can you benefit from Webmin? Who should use it? Jamie Cameron, Webmin's creator, said this program “may be better suited for less-experienced users who are unfamiliar with configuration file formats than for enterprise sysadmins who already have a detailed understanding of UNIX”. I fully agree with that opinion, although I'd add that even if you are quite familiar with configuration files and the like, you might welcome an easier (and sometimes quicker) way of doing things.

Webmin packs a quite impressive, always growing, number of functions, but it allows you to use only what you require, through clear menus and forms, and it detects possible errors before they can do any harm. You should at least consider it for its learning value, because you can examine configuration files before and after each change, and, thus, learn how something was (or should have been) done. You can't avoid learning about each function before diving in, but Webmin provides at least an easier road to becoming a more proficient sysadmin.

Federico Kereki is an Uruguayan Systems Engineer, with more than 20 years' experience teaching at universities, doing development and consulting work, and writing articles and course material. He has been using Linux for many years, having installed it at several different companies. He is particularly interested in the better security and performance of Linux boxes.



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Webmin in OpenSuSE

frambla's picture


I need to run webmin in many OpenSuSE servers and I've found your article about it here where you say:
Even though I am an OpenSUSE user, I prefer Smart to YaST, so a simple smart install webmin command did the job for me. If you don't get the latest version this way, don't worry

Well, I 've been visiting Webmin website and OpenSuSE does not seem to be one of the supported platforms, although a sort of SuSE versions are. I've looked for Webmin in OpenSuSE software search and nothing seems to be there too.

So, is Webmin in the official OpenSuSE repositories or perhaps you used a third party one?

I know, I can download latest OpenSuSE image and test it... and obviously I'll do if nobody can help me :-) Thanks in advance.



automation's picture

From now on you can surviv [url=]automation[/url]/

Webmin is available under the GPL, so you can get it without any problems.

Webmin is available under

Torres's picture

Webmin is available under the GPL, so you can get it without any problems. The latest version (as of the time of this writing) is 1.380, and it's being developed actively. The easiest way to install Webmin is with your favorite package manager. Even though I am an OpenSUSE user, I prefer Smart to YaST, so a simple smart install webmin command did the job for me. If you don't get the latest version this way, don't worry. You can fix that just by using Webmin itself; keep reading.

The other method of installation is to go to the download site, download the appropriate version for your system, and follow the instructions on the left side of the page. There are two options here. You can get the full package (with all available modules), or you can get the minimal edition and add the modules you require afterward, using Webmin's own update features.

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