network appliance question

Jeff Hamann jeff.hamann at
Thu Jul 16 03:10:33 UTC 2009

I would like to take a ton of apps I've compiled from source, plus  
gobs of my own source, build a "distro" of that super solid freebsd I  
love,  and hermetically seal it up in a box that can be plugged into a  
network hub, so that users don't have to use anything but a web  
browser, sftp, or ssh to access the contents. My questions are as  

1) Is this possible?

2) If so, is there a network appliance "starter kit" I can play with  
first to prove the concept, and

3) If so, where? I haven't been too successful searching for "network  
appliance building for dummies"


Jeff Hamann, PhD
PO Box 1421
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-1421

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