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Final touches on an Ubuntu 8.10 LAMP server Part I

Posted 12-02-2008 at 03:03 PM by jkzfixme

Since my first post went down relatively painlessly I figured why not keep them rolling. One of the premiere things I use Linux for in a business environment is for web hosting. There are a ton of tutorials out there that get pretty in depth, such as "the perfect server" series on so I wont really get into details with installation. That being said I feel that there are a lot of odds and end that make a server more easily manageable, and I despise ISPconfig. One of the most important of these final touches is webmin. Now just a word of caution here if you are relatively new to linux it seems like a great idea to take the easy way out and work with a gui however I would highly recommend using the command line and vi for at least a couple of months, as at some point you will HAVE to revert to them! That being said it does make life a whole lot easier, once you do have a firm grip on the fundamentals.

Webmin installation

The first order of business is opening up a terminal session or ssh'ing in.

then you download webmin using the code below, at the time of this article the newest version is 1.44

note you can get newer versions at

now you need to install it

sudo dpkg --install webmin_1.441_all.deb
If it gives you any shenanigans about dependencies than use the following

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl
Once its installed you need to make sure that your firewall is open on port 10000. Also if you are behind a router make sure the port is forwarded.

You should now be able to login to your fully functional webmin, just type this into your browser of course changeing to your hostname = )

Well that's about for this session, I would appreciate any comments and or constructive criticism. And My next blog entry will be dealing with phpmyadmin as the mysql configuration is nice in webmin however phpmyadmin is WAY more advanced.

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