iPXE is a network boot firmware. It provides a full PXE implementation enhanced with additional features such as the ability to boot from a Web server using HTTP, and the ability to boot from a SAN using iSCSI, AoE, SRP, or FCoE. It supports a wide variety of network devices, including wireless and Infiniband networks. iPXE is an effective replacement for gPXE.
Tiny Tcl 6.8 is a rommable, minimal Tcl implementation for embedded applications. Derived from the venerable Tcl 6.7 release, Tiny Tcl 6.8 has a solid Tcl feature set, excluding newer capabilities of Tcl 7 and 8 such as the bytecode compiler, namespaces, sockets, and async event handling, among others. Excluding C library functions, Tiny Tcl compiles down to less than 60 Kbytes on most machines, far smaller than any Tcl 7 or Tcl 8 derivatives.
Ailurus is an application which tells its users about tricks for enhancing their use of Ubuntu Linux. It puts tricks in tool-tip text and a "Tip of the day" window. It also displays information about the system's BIOS, motherboard, CPU, and battery. It has an interface for changing some GNOME settings. It can install and remove some applications which are not provided in the official Ubuntu apt repository. It can detect the speed of apt mirrors and find the fastest one. It can enable and disable some third party repositories.
Upgrader is a simple tool that enables Java developers to add software upgrade capability into their applications. An upgrade process typically involves replacing the old version of the binaries with a new version of the binaries and performing data upgrades. It may also need to perform changes to the directory structure. The data upgrade outlined above may involve changes to the configuration files or database. This tool provides a framework which application developers can use to keep track of changes to the application. Every time there is a change in the database schema or configuration files, the application developers can create a "patch" script and add it to the "patch list". The Upgrader tool may be bundled with the application and is typically invoked during the installation and upgrade processes. When it is invoked, it determines the current patch level of the system, determines the patch scripts that need to be executed, sequences the patch scripts, and applies them.
The CPAN shell (and module) automates or at least simplifies the building and installation of Perl modules and extensions. It includes some primitive searching capabilities and knows how to use Net::FTP, LWP, and certain external download clients to fetch distributions from the Internet. Then it automatically tests and installs them and their dependencies.
HAL/C++ is a library using dbusmm to access the HAL daemon. The library is not a wrapper around libhal and libhal-storage, but rather a reimplementation using dbusmm to communicate with the HAL daemon. Even though it is modeled after the official libhal and libhal-storage, it does not aim at complete adherance to the original API. The library is application-oriented, so for now, features that would only be useful to system-level applications or daemons, or HAL addons, are not being implemented. However, some of these features are mostly conveniences in the original libhal, and can be emulated even with the existing API.
Module::Build is a system for building, testing, and installing Perl modules. It is meant to be an alternative to ExtUtils::MakeMaker. Developers may alter the behavior of the module through subclassing in a much more straightforward way than with EU::MM. It also does not require a 'make' on your system: most of the Module::Build code is pure Perl and written in a very cross-platform way. In fact, you don't even need a shell, so even platforms like Mac OS (traditional) can use it fairly easily.