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Linux as a "limited and restricted" console

I do some cgi and systems programming using perl, and I haven't really messed with the GUI stuff.  But, what I'm interested in is this:

A user comes up to the computer.  No access is given to this user except through "buttons" that can be clicked on the screen.  What the "buttons" do is dependent on the backend programming (most likely, it will serve up some web pages or kick of another application - for further functionality).

When the computer is first booted up, it will immediately load this "interface" program - uninterrupted by the user.

From what I understand, linux is well suited for this kind of task.

Since I haven't done this before, I need some direction on how to set something like this up.  What kind of "interface" should I be looking into...etc.

Kind of vague, I know - but, I'm hoping to clear that up with some of the input from the experts.

TIA - for any input.
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rambleAuthor Commented:
Just what I was looking for...


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