What is Webmin

What is Webmin, Who Developed, Use, Important Facts

In order to manage a LINUX or UNIX system, one needs a simplified version of interface which could make the process easy and reliable. There are so many tasks which need to be performed while using Linux or Unix systems. The task can be either running commands, setting up a web server and many more. Here, webmin comes into picture for simplifying those processes for the user. Thus, one needs a webmin in order to manage the tasks in a simple way. This article will talk about all the important aspects of Webmin. 

what is webmin

What is Webmin

A web based interface for system administration for Unix is what we refer as ‘Webmin’. It simplifies the process of managing a UNIX or LINUX system. A webmin provides an easy to use interface for performing tasks such as running commands, manually editing the configuration files or setting up a web server etc. 

A webmin also provides an easy interface for managing email forwarding. It automatically updates all the needed configuration files for the user making the job of administration very easy and simple. 

Who Developed Webmin

Jamie Cameron wrote Webmin Who is the author of managing Linux systems with webmin: module development and system administration. 

Women’s first version was released by him which is known as version 0.1. It was released in October 1997. After the release of the first version, the interface, appearance and features of webmin got changed. After this all the codes of webmin were rewritten but one thing has never been changed and that was the basic concept related to it. 

Who Can Use Webmin

People with some experience in LINUX can use webmin. Even if they are unfamiliar with the complicacies of administration of the system. The user of webmin must have some knowledge of what an UNIX account is. The user should also have some idea about what SQUID does. 

An average user runs Webmin on a Linux system either on a company network or on a Linux system at home. 

Important Facts about Webmin

Here are some important aspects and features of Webmin:

  • Through webmin, the users can create, edit and delete Unix accounts on their system.
  • With the NFS Protocol all the files and directories can be exported to other systems. 
  • In order to control the amount of space available for the files of the users, they can set up Disk Quotas.
  • Software packages in RPM and other formats can be installed, viewed and removed. 
  • Users can change their system’s IP ADDRESS, routing configurations and DNS Server settings.
  • For the Apache Web server, Virtual web servers can be created and configured.
  • Users can set up a LINUX Firewall in order to protect their computer.
  • Users can also give hosts on an internal LAN access to the internet. 
  • Fields, tables and Databases can be managed in a PostgreSQL Database Server or MySQL. 
  • With webmin, users can share files with windows systems. 
  • By configuring Samba Windows File Sharing, files can be shared with Windows Systems. 

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