Administrator GUI for Ubuntu Server


I have been thinking about this for a while and every now and then I keep asking myself the same question: why are there so little effort on developing a web based GUI for server administration? I mean, I see plenty of them around the internet, as the most famous I could mention Webmin/Virtualmin, but not so much effort from the official Linux distributors.
I could imagine a dashboard where I could:

  • Install/administer LDAP accounts,
  • Admin an e-mail server
  • DNS admin
  • Configure Apache or Nginx
  • Install SSL certificate with CertiBot
  • etc…

Simple things which are usually a pain in the a** to do via shell. Today I have many text docs and how-to’s with commands and notes because I cannot remember how to do or how I did some things in the past.
I’ve seen that RedHat has been putting some effort on some projects like FreeIPA or Cockpit but it always looks that it lacks basic features or that I need multiple different projects to achieve some basic server needed functionalities.
I am not a full-time server administrator, so I would be happy to hear how other people feel in this matter, maybe it is just me who needs it… :smile: