Webmin is an awesome dashboard for managing your server. It provides a web-based interface for server administration and makes many administration tasks easier. I used Webmin again, after a four-year hiatus and while I found a lot to like, I also discovered a big gotcha.
Installing some software packages through Webmin fails because the package has a prompt for user input. The package installer does not handle that.
Webmin comes with a “Text Login” module that gives you a command line. I thought I might use that instead, but found that you need to be cautious there also, as there are some obscure errors that occur regarding reading and updating your packages after a software install when using the Text Login module.
While I found much to like about Webmin, and would use it again without hesitation, I’ve found it best to install software using the SSH command prompt.