PPort is a simple yet handy automation program and its documented counterpart for interfacing a PC with external electronic devices. Using its two programs, a daemon and a client, it aims to control external apparatus by reading and writing through common computer ports. Using this bundle, one can successfully control any household appliance or electronic device with minimal hassle and practically no changes.
Thinux is a thin-client server on a live CD. It boots a network of diskless computers to automatically start an application such as a Web browser. Each thin client machine acts as a cluster node to share its processing and memory resources with each other to take the load off the server. It is a turnkey solution that does not change nor rely on your existing systems to run. By booting from a removable CD, it does not lock-in the user so it is convenient to test. It is ideal for any organizations that require large deployment of software automatically and cost effectively.
BlueLava is a Web and WAP (CGI-based) x10 interface. Using commandline-based x10 tools as its backend, it allows you to control x10-compliant electronics and x10 modules from within a Web browser or a WAP/WML-enabled device. Uses of BlueLava include the remote control of lamps, appliances, and other electronics via the Internet.