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:

  • Appliance architectures

  • 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 ...

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