Here is my challenge. I have to build a configuration interface for a solution made of several opensource package (openvpn, samba, etc.). I want to offer a simple interface to monitor and configure parameters.

I hesitate to develop it brute-force with PHP or embeded it into a Drupal site. The first solution is lite for the server, the second option ensures no hassle for formatting and plenty of options to make it good looking (marketing advantage)

What's the view of the community on this?