Virtualmin Pro vs Virtualmin Free

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#1 Wed, 09/28/2005 - 09:40
Joe
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Virtualmin Pro vs Virtualmin Free

Hi!

Is there any chart which compare Virtualmin Pro with Virualmin free features ?

Thanks

Sat, 10/01/2005 - 13:20
ADobkin

I have not seen a chart, but there is an entry in the FAQ:

Q: What is the difference between the Virtualmin GPL project and the Virtualmin commercial product?

http://www.virtualmin.com/faq/one-faq?faq_id=1511#1835

Alan

Sat, 10/01/2005 - 19:21
Joe
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Hi Alan,

The faq doesn't compare the features.

The faq just exlpain that the commercial version will have "few extra features". Don't say which ones.

Besides the automatic installation and a great support, I want to know for what features I should pay. Why someone will pay for a commercial version if it doesn't say the "few extra features" you will have? Just for support and auto instalation? Not me.

Joe? Jamie? Anyone?

Regards,

Guzmán

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Sat, 10/01/2005 - 20:13 (Reply to #3)
ADobkin

Well, aside from the FAQ, there are other descriptions of what the benefits are on the web site. See:

<UL>
<LI><A HRef="http://www.virtualmin.com/pro">Virtualmin has gone pro!</A></LI>
<LI><A HRef="http://www.virtualmin.com/features">Features of Virtualmin Professional</A></LI>
</UL>

Also, here are some of the major selling points that I'm aware of:

<UL>
<LI>Reseller account management</LI>
<LI>Application/script software installers</LI>
<LI>Open API</LI>
<LI>Third-party billing system integration (including domain registrations)</LI>
<LI>Professional-looking themes, including a new file manager</LI>
<LI>Migration from other software (only cPanel at the moment)</LI>
<LI>AWStats log file reporting (nice graphs)</LI>
<LI>Per-domain spam/antivirus filtering</LI>
</UL>

I'm sure there are others, but those are the important ones for me. Also, you may not find support that valuable, but the real benefit here is that Virtualmin Professional is now getting a lot more attention to quality than the GPL version ever did. They now have bug tracking, trouble tickets, etc., and feature requests are taken seriously from paying customers. If you're using Virtualmin to run a hosting business, these things are quite valuable, and Virtualmin Professional may be for you. But if you're just using it to run a hobby server, then the GPL version is probably sufficient.