Ok folks it is time for some brass tacks - rubber on the road - "Do or Do not - there is no Try"
I am looking for those that believe this: With a flexible, yet solid and consistant GUI (ie - OS X) linux/unix can start to really challenge MS as both a mainstreme OS for both servers and desktops. I am finding this to be true using Webmin and Fedora Core4 running without the Fedora GUI (just to cut down on system overhead) for servers. Because Webmin is basically the command line approach - but automated - it allows you to use scripts of your own or edit files manually as needed - without having to worry about Webmin messing things up. Also, it is not like Plesk (I am not really sure about this actually) or others that require all the settings to be stored into a database then converted to settings in the regular config files. Also, webmin is not a all or nothing tool - if you want you can use standard Fedora GUI for some things and Webmin for others if you like.
Ok to the meat and potatos of this post - I am looking into setting up on a server a FTP server to house a repository of backed-up Webmin configurations of modules and packages from working servers. This is my goal: to have a repository of downloadable Webmin/Fedora Core - SOLUTIONS - real world, full operational battle station, make it so/ - engage, Eye-Eye Captian type implimentations. Push the button - "that was easy".
Example - I have paid a consultant to setup Exim as the MTA with support for ClamAV and SpamAssassign. Also, it is setup to do mail archiving (Exim outputs all email to the archive). This is just one of the many running solutions that I have on my server. So by using the Webmin backup of Webmin module and config file backup we could all contribute and put together a set of actual installable configuration files that will work - basically right after download, restore, restart of server or service. Of course just environment variable data will need to be changed - HOSTNAMES, IP's, passwords and the like.
So I am looking for heavy and serious Webmin - Fedora Core users. I have not even looked at any other Linux distro. Now on the FTP server will most likely setup sections for other Linux distro's - but won't be that involved in that - why? because I plan on testing the submissions on Fedora Core servers - and having only those that are verifiable, documented well, and reproduceable.
I would very much like to hear back from those who have testing/operational/production Fedora Core 4/5 servers running Webmin - and willing to share their configuration, Webmin Module backup, application/server/service configuration files. If enough of these are compiled into a central location - it will make the time to production for a Fedora Core server with real services - just hours not days or months.
It is time to make it happen - to put in one place a configuration set - that can reproduce a real world server - so put up or shut up ;-)
I am NOT interested in = why doesn't this work, or I can't get VPN connections to work - that is what all the other post and sections of this excellent website are all about. I want contributions of real - complete SOLUTIONS - IMPLIMENTATIONS - of services (DHCP) - applications - Jabber, or say a Specific Configuration "SET" like - Using Keberos Auth within a LDAP setting for all users - where Authtication and Control for a network with this server being the Primary Auth server and LDAP repository.
I am thinking of various groups and subsections for the repository like - whole server (webserver without email) (webserver with email), a configuration set (email server using sendmail/dovecot/spamassassign) another set for (email server using postfix/cyrus/sophus/spamassassign) and another for (email server using OpenXchange/ClamAV/Jabberd),per module / application and so on.
Well, I hope the contributions will start to pour in. This is the kind of repository that will make implimenting Fedora Core servers really start to happen. Why? because right now you can download and setup a basic Fedora Core server in about 2 hours (install less than an hour if you already have the downloads and drivers for your HW) - with all the basic services installed and basically functional to boot! - BUT what is now needed is a real world configuration template to solve a business problem - then BAM! It makes money and sense getting you in really good with the boss!