by Bob Smith, John Hardin, Graham Phillips, and Bill Pierce
April 2007, 356 pp.
Modern appliances are complex machines with processors, operating systems, and application software. While there are books that will tell you how to run Linux on embedded hardware, and books on how to build a Linux application, Linux Appliance Design is the first book to demonstrate how to merge the two and create a Linux appliance. You'll see for yourself why Linux is the embedded operating system of choice for low-cost development and a fast time to market.
You'll learn how to build backend daemons, handle asynchronous events, and connect various user interfaces (including web, framebuffers, infrared control, SNMP, and front panels) to these processes for remote configuration and control. Linux Appliance Design also introduces the Run-Time Access library, which provides a uniform mechanism for user interfaces to communicate with daemons.
About the Author
Bob Smith, John Hardin, Graham Phillips, and Bill Pierce have experience in embedded systems, commercial Linux and BSD appliances, network management systems, and designing software solutions for business problems.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Appliance Architecture
Linux Appliance Design "allows us to know our hidden enemies and build better appliance mousetraps...Graphically pleasing, the condensation of four worthy Engineers' experience, the book is truly a delight to read for those interested in stepping into the Linux Appliance Design fray."
"If you have a Linux system, then Linux Appliance Design will prove an invaluable, indispensable, thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction and reference manual for getting the most out of your do-it-yourself designer software."
"If you are interested in the higher level architectural concerns of how to implement the software of an appliance you will find much of interest [in Linux Appliance Design]. Itâ€™s a well written book with a sense of humour."
"How about building your own Linux appliance to conquer the world? [Linux Appliance Design] is a fantastic resource for people who tinker with specialized devices for home automation, multimedia, networking, or web surfing."
"If you've ever had the desire to construct a Linux appliance of your own, whether it's for your own personal use to a device you're going to market, Linux Appliance Design is a must have."