Control Panel Tour
As is my wont, I’ve assemled a grand tour of the control panel, showing the majority of the panes. I’ve omitted the wizards and some of the panes which required a lot more permanent setup to activate.
The splash screen begs for a username and password. Here, I’ve opted for the orange background because, well, orange is awesome. Next, there’s the home screen with commonly used tasks.
As you can see, the control panel uses a desktop paradigm rather than a web site paradigm. It takes a little accustomization, but after a while, I came to prefer it a lot. Applets are organized very well, with settings being in the Control Panel section and applications being in the arrow menu at the top.
The built-in file browser is pretty neat, too. It features a Java component which enables you to load your local computer and do drag & drop file management.
The main control panel, showing all of the applets.
File sharing options: SMB, AFP, NFS. It can also act as an Active Directory server for a Windows domain.
User, group, and share management, and application privileges
Web services, such as a PHP/MySQL-powered web site, plus WebDAV management of shared folder
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.