This is a thread for anyone who wants to take a minute out of their busy schedule and say THANKS to the virtualmin team for creating not only a great toolset, but an open source one at that.
At first I was a bit skeptical that virtualmin would work out, with various snafus along the way, but I’ve come to appreciate the breadth of functionality and the “not quite DIY” approach that’s required, and I really get it, and I appreciate it. I think the software is fantastic. In the first month I had six very different sites running on my virtualmin server, and as an experiment it really worked out. If you put in the elbow grease, the tools pay you back manyfold.
So if you have something positive to say to Joe and the rest of the team, go ahead and post! It only takes a few minutes, and I’m sure they’d appreciate the feedback.
I too would like to say thanks. I’ve always been the type of person who likes to manage things myself, because I usually want to tweak things to work the way I like, or to try and do things in a way that more fully suits my needs, rather than a cookie cutter approach. Unfortunately the realities of life get in the way and I find I don’t have the time or the brain cells available to really learn all of the components of a complex server system enough to be able to do all of that on my own. The typical server control panel is definitely in the cookie cutter camp. They let you manage and control a few things, but only in certain predefined ways. On the other hand Webmin/VirtualminPro give access to nearly all of the configuration parameters of the components they manage, and are fairly flexible on what components are being used. They seem to follow the same philosophy I do in my own software and that is to make the difficult things easy and the complex things doable.
Thanks for the kind words, guys. It always makes my day to hear from users that we’re on the right track.
Keep filing bugs, talking about what we’re doing wrong and right, and we’ll keep working hard.
Speaking of which…I’m back to work now.
How can I show this guy love?? I mean really, the neglect, the lack of consideration…he’s up at all hours…on the computers…working on some great program that let’s a simpleton like me call myself a network admin, answers questions over and over again, takes care of us like none other…but really, what about his dog…who takes care of the dog…
We love ya, Joe
I kicked a few tires and decided to use Webmin/Virtualmin, and pay for them. Being a tightwad, I thought I would explain why even tightwads might find it worthwhile to pay.
I’ve been messing on and off with Linux for 7 years, and I sorta know what the OS can do, but I have to look everything up, so there are a lot of features of Linux I don’t use because I don’t have the time. I use Webmin/Virtualmin as a sort of outline of the features of the Linux server. If you learn Webmin/Virtualmin, what you learned easily maps to the Linux underpinning. It does not hide it as much as other packages might. So I get access to features more quickly. And there are a lot of features I know only by name, but I can poke about in Webmin/Virtualmin and learn them in a less painless way, than having to do everything at a command prompt. Also, seeing the server features in a working outline makes it easier for me to learn some of the more abstract concepts. It’s kind of cool … read a little bit, then press a button and see what it does.
I also bought a Centos Linux book and a Webmin book, which I use as my central repository into which I write my own notes on my particular situation.
Fothose times when I do get stuck, it is wonderful to have people with the experience of Jamie and Joe to offer some advice (let alone fixes). For that little bit of registration fee you get access to their ears. So I am getting a tremonous of value for that Pro registration fee.
I did install the open source versions and had them about 90% configured. It was great for learning the issues. (It would have taken another week of spare time to get that apache compile right, having /home as the document root, and getting suexec right. And I needed to mess with the ftp some more … So I saved that time.
And of course I have the satisfaction of helping keep a great project alive.
Dan: "but really, what about his dog…who takes care of the dog…"
Don’t worry about the dog. It’s been playing Second Life to fulfill what it’s not getting in real life.
Actually, my girlfriend sometimes accuses me of spending more time with Virtualmin and my dog than I do with her. (I think she’s joking.)
Don’t worry, my dog is what keeps me from sitting at my desk all day every day. She takes me out for a walk at least once per day…we go over to Castro street and look at the people. Sometimes we have bubble tea.