P3.1. What This Book Is About
This book shows you how to build a Linux appliance, and it includes a prototype appliance that you can use as the basis for your appliance, if you wish. We divide an appliance into daemons and user interfaces and show how to create and manage daemons, as well as how to build five different types of user interfaces.
We cover the following topics:
How to talk to running daemons
How to build and secure a daemon
Laddie, our sample appliance
Logging and event handling
Web-based user interfaces
Command line interfaces (CLIs)
Front panel interfaces
Framebuffer interfaces, including infrared remote control
SNMP interfaces including tools, MIBs, and agents
Most of the chapters have the same basic layout. We define ...