Red Hat's Cockpit May Improve Server GUI Administration
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...
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.
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.