Slackselect is a package manager for Slackware that can install, remove, and upgrade packages. It can install/upgrade packages from FTP/HTTP and CD sets. It scans your installed packages, and can show you the packages that can be upgraded (and do it for you). It also finds obsolete packages that aren't in the distribution anymore. It was inspired by the functionality of dselect.
The Mknew Project is an investigation of how to build simple Unix shell scripts to manage common development and administrative tasks. The emphasis is on using languages and tools that already exist and are in common use. A related emphasis is on exploring the functional programming nature of the bash shell. This is accomplished by using the bash function capability, and using the bash "$(" ")"syntax to delay function execution in bash scripts. This allows building scripts that have a LISP-like function syntax that permits shell scripts to be written as a series of function calls with minimal syntax. The goal is to provide a way to specify make procedures of heterogeneous components in a bash script. These can include diverse source code languages, documentation text, test procedures, and data. In addition to the mknew function library (mklib), these "make" procedures rely only on capabilities provided by the bash shell, and common Unix command line utilities.
SrcControl is a new form of package management system. It doesn't have a centralized package repository and packages don't have the actual data for the program it installs. What a package, or "source package", contains is information required to locate and properly download, extract, configure, compile, and install the newest version from the Internet. The whole point is to create an 'add-on' package management system supported by any Linux/Unix distribution. Programs that aren't supplied by a distribution can be easily installed without users having to figure out how to compile the program on their own.
Paludis is a package manager for Gentoo (and derived distributions) and Exherbo. It consists of a core library and a number of console-based clients. Package formats supported include Gentoo ebuilds and kdebuilds (as defined by the Package Manager Specification), the Exherbo exheres-0 format, and various miscellaneous utility pseudo-formats for managing accounts, unwritten and unavailable packages, and packages for which no package exists.
Vamos project allows computers to run software directly from the network, without installations. The software is stored on servers and is centrally maintained without the user's effort or attention. The user just needs to run applications, and the necessary bits are streamed automatically to its computer. The execution of the software is local, allowing high responsiveness and distributed computational load.
DYE is the Do-it-Yourself Embedded Environment Framework, a cross-development uClib-based toolchain and base system framework which is composed of the required source tarballs and patches and scripts to build the whole thing. The main goal is having total control about all pieces assembled for an embedded environment, starting from the toolchain and using a very easy and customizable set of Bash scripts to do everything.