Perl.com: The e-smith Server and Gateway: A Perl Study
February 23, 2001
"We chose Perl as the main development language for the e-smith server and gateway because of its widespread popularity (making it easier to recruit developers) and it's well suited to e-smith's blend of system administration, templating and Web-application development."
"... Administration of an e-smith server and gateway system is performed primarily via a Web interface called the "e-smith manager." This is essentially a collection of CGI programs that display system information and allow the administrator to modify it as necessary."