Introduction to Webmin
Posted by admin on November 19 2006 21:55:28

What is Webmin?

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any browser that supports tables and forms (and Java for the File Manager module), you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and so on.

Webmin consists of a simple web server, and a number of CGI programs which directly update system files like /etc/inetd.conf and /etc/passwd. The web server and all CGI programs are written in Perl version 5, and use no non-standard Perl modules.


Who developed Webmin?

Almost all the development of Webmin was done by Jamie Cameron, though many people have contributed patches and translations into additional languages. There are also many third-party modules that were developed by other people separately.


What licence is Webmin distributed under?

All recent versions of Webmin are under a BSD-like licence, meaning that it may be freely distributed and modified for commercial and non-commercial use.

Early versions were distributed as betas of what would eventually become a commercial product, but following Caldera's sponsorship of the project in 2000 all subsequent releases have been BSD licenced. Even though Caldera is no longer supporting the development of Webmin, all future releases will remain under a free licence.

Because Webmin supports the concept of modules (like PhotoShop plugins), anyone can develop and distribute their own Webmin modules for any purpose, and distribute them under any licence (such as GPL, commercial or shareware). More information about the Webmin API and writing your own modules is available.