SME Server was a revolution because at the time where you needed to edit obscure configuration files you had a panel and magically you created users groups, samba shares and much more…that was great progresses.
But that’s right some settings were hidden, port number, access public/private however with the time a lot were bring to the light, either by a contrib like smeserver-service_control or by contributions to the core.
I do agree if you want, accept, decide to have some lacks in NethServer, this will be my business as contributor and at the end, all your hidden settings will be done by contributors maybe/surely without the stability because the code is not incorporated directly in the core…But be sure that all your users will use the modules that give their life easier. As you can see, you have had a need concerning the php settings, @medworthy asks for a panel and I provide one in nethserver-php-scl.
We live in a video word, where we don’t write any more, you are sysadmin, coders, developers administrators, helpdesk and you waste the most of your time in a terminal (like me), however we need much more easy settings not for us but for users less skilled or for lazzy admins
This distro is not an Ubuntu and co, the purpose is to do a server, without Xorg, you have to understand some principles of Network, Services, but aimed to be easy to take in hand with a low TCO…That’s the revolution.