I’ve been investigating a little bit about cPanel and Fantastico. I first thought they were open-source. They’re not. Then I thought it would be easy to develop scripts to manage my own open-source web application. It’s not possible because of the license. Then I thought I could find documentation on how to ask someone to develop one of these. Not easy.
In the end, it seems like it just doesn’t make much sense for an open-source software not to use an open-source software to manage its software installation on hosting systems.
Anyway, so I decided to install and try out GNUPanel, which is a set of PHP, Perl and Shell scripts that allow for managed hosting. I’ll report on how happy I am with that later.