Paper: The e-smith server and gateway: coherent modularityFeb 11, 2001, 18:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirrily Robert)
[ Thanks to Ross Laver for this link. ]
"Many other Internet server and gateway systems currently available require the use of specialised hardware, either in the form of a vendor-supplied special-purpose box (as in the Cobalt Qube) or by limiting the range of supported hardware. Similarly, some systems provide for only a limited range of Internet connection types, network services, etc."
"... The overall design of the e-smith server and gateway can be described in two words as "coherent modularity". The system is designed to allow the installation of add-on/contrib packages via RPM. However, these packages all appear in a consistent manner in the e-smith manager, by providing a "panel" (effectively a web page (or set of web pages) embedded within the framed interface) as part of the package. These panels maintain a consistent style, and appear to the user as a coherent whole."