Summary and Resources
Webmin is a browser-based administration application written in Perl. Webmin is extensible and available for other Unix-like operating systems besides Linux. Once installed, Webmin is accessed through a special port, typically 10000, either locally or from a remote browser. It provides point-and-click interfaces to a variety of Linux administration tasks, including user management, network firewalling, and network device configuration.
Webmin is free to install and use, and is a good way to manage a working Linux environment while you are making a transition from the graphical tools of Windows. Webmin tools are a front end to the console-based tools, so configuration is consistent, and administration can be done from either set of tools safely.
- Check out the other parts in the Windows-to-Linux roadmap series.
- See the Webmin home page for general
information and to download
the Webmin tool.
- Before using Webmin remotely, you should read Securing Webmin with SSL.
- Learn more about Perl at Perl.org.
- The CPAN network is the home of many
useful Perl modules and like software.
- Perl is released under the free Artistic
License, which allows you to publish or keep private your changes to the source code.
- Learn more about Perl and keep up with developments in the Perl community
with the IBM developerWorks Cultured Perl column.
- RPMFind is an RPM repository where
you will find scads of useful (and many less-useful, but fun) programs.
Linux configuration files" (developerWorks, ) explains user permissions, daemons and
services, and much more.
the xinetd program for system administration" and "Automating
UNIX system administration with Perl" offer other alternatives for
simplifying administration of your system or systems. Similar issues are
also covered in "Administer
Linux on the fly".
- Useful tutorials include: "LPI
certification 101 (release 2) exam prep, Part 2: Basic administration,"
which gives an introduction to shell pipelines and text processing
certification 101 (release 2) exam prep, Part 3: Intermediate
Administration," which covers documentation, user account management, and
permissions; and "LPI
certification 101 (release 2) exam prep, Part 4: Advanced
administration," covering filesystems and system logs.
- For getting started with IBM software on Linux, there's no better resource than the Speed-start your Linux app
page. You'll find installation tips and links to resources for DB2,
Lotus Domino, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio, and more.
You can also sign up to receive a free Linux Software Evaluation Kit,
containing trial software and training resources.
- Find more resources for Linux developers in the developerWorks Linux zone.