[K12OSN] Free Software ISP-style web hosting app?

Brian Chase networkr0 at cfl.rr.com
Fri May 7 02:14:07 UTC 2004

Webmin has a sibling package called Usermin, and can be installed from 
within the Webmin configuration modules.  Usermin allows the users to 
get to their data alone without having elevated priveledges.  It's like 
portal for users on a linux system.

Terrell Prude', Jr. wrote:

> Hello folks,
> The Business Dept. in my district has an idea to teach kids how to 
> build Web sites, complete with cgi-bin and MySQL, and they wish to 
> present the students with an "real-live ISP like" Web server to do 
> this on.  To my surprise and delight, they have decided to use 
> GNU/Linux for this!  They have already purchased RHEL for this purpose 
> and have asked me to install it.
> There's an app out there called cPanel that apparently ISPs use to 
> make it very easy for customers to administer their MySQL databases, 
> install their cgi scripts, do email, etc.  Our business dept. is 
> looking for an app like that, and the reason is that they want the 
> students to be able to make Web sites, again, as if they were doing it 
> on a "real" Web hosting system, and also the administrator of this 
> system will be a business teacher (read: not me).
> Is anyone aware of a web hosting "control panel" that runs in a GUI 
> and is Free Software?  I had suggested Webmin to the guy running this 
> pilot, and he's aware of it, but Webmin is for sysadmins.  This cPanel 
> app also handles the "customers" (students, in this case).  So why not 
> just go with cPanel?  It's because cPanel requires a boatload of TCP 
> and UDP ports to be opened wide from the outside through the district 
> firewall (cPanel, Inc. says it's for license compliance verification), 
> and the firewall administrator is, rightly, not about to allow that to 
> happen.
> Thanks in advance,
> --TP
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