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    Phoronix: Red Hat's Cockpit May Improve Server GUI Administration

    Cockpit is a new project out of Red Hat that is a new graphical interface for handling Linux server administration needs. The Cockpit UI looks nice, is still under heavy development but is landing lots of features, and might be a nice step forward for those not wishing to administer Linux servers from the CLI...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYwMDA

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    What a waste of time, why don't they just do something useful like AIX smit and call it a day.

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    • #3
      If this leads to the dropping of the system-config suite I welcome it with open arms..

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      • #4
        Qt or GTK?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by shmerl View Post
          Qt or GTK?
          HTML5

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          • #6
            Windows Server 2012 done right?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ericg View Post
              If this leads to the dropping of the system-config suite I welcome it with open arms..
              You would note that Red Hat has slowly integrated tools into the desktop environment directly instead of maintaining distribution specific tools. There is hardly any left that are installed by default and/or maintained separatedly anymore. The only useful tool that is remaining in that list is system-config-printer.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ssokolow View Post
                HTML5
                Interesting, but I still see some C code in the repo.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by shmerl View Post
                  Interesting, but I still see some C code in the repo.
                  Glue code that connects the web interface to thehe local administration tasks so that you can use the terminal to manage things as well.

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                  • #10
                    I'm happy with GUI Administration as long as reuses/extends the terminal-based technology.

                    For instance an existing SSH pubkey setup should work out of the box, configuring https and certificates must be optional if the users preference is using the SSH protocol.

                    Using SSH should not force the user to manually setup a tunnel and then connect using the browser. It should be one step only (just like all the other ssh routed protocols do (rsync, X11, sftp, unison and what not).
                    Requires some clever glue to SSH, but one should really avoid having to maintain 2 remote administration protocols with authentication, encryption, authorization and what not.

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                    • #11
                      Michael, thanks for sharing this news. Please be sure to update us once it becomes "usable" and at least in beta state. As of now I use webmin for my servers but of course alternatives are well accepted!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
                        You would note that Red Hat has slowly integrated tools into the desktop environment directly instead of maintaining distribution specific tools. There is hardly any left that are installed by default and/or maintained separatedly anymore. The only useful tool that is remaining in that list is system-config-printer.
                        Integrating into Gnome Settings or general gnome apps? I almost always run KDE so if the DE tools can run under KDE I'd love to know what packages they are so I can be using them

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ericg View Post
                          Integrating into Gnome Settings or general gnome apps? I almost always run KDE so if the DE tools can run under KDE I'd love to know what packages they are so I can be using them
                          Both, really. Base level libraries can be used by any desktop environment (Apper layered over PackageKit library for example) but the primary focus of some of that integration work is there in settings (Network for example) well as apps (GNOME Software..). You can use all of these in any DE but they probably will look a bit out of place for now outside of GNOME.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
                            Both, really. Base level libraries can be used by any desktop environment (Apper layered over PackageKit library for example) but the primary focus of some of that integration work is there in settings (Network for example) well as apps (GNOME Software..). You can use all of these in any DE but they probably will look a bit out of place for now outside of GNOME.
                            I'll throw the GNOME Desktop group on my home server and check out the Settings work then, thanks for the tip and here's hoping KDE picks up some of the apps other than Apper

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CaptainBlame View Post
                              What a waste of time, why don't they just do something useful like AIX smit and call it a day.
                              CLI and config files are great because with them you always know to a certainty what you just did. Any kind of front-end to that adds nothing except obscuring the process and making your life harder in the long run.

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