Bcfg2 helps system administrators produce a consistent, reproducible, and verifiable description of their environment, and offers visualization and reporting tools to aid in day-to-day administrative tasks. It is based on an operational model in which the specification can be used to validate and optionally change the state of clients, but in a feature unique to bcfg2 the client's response to the specification can also be used to assess the completeness of the specification. Using this feature, bcfg2 provides an objective measure of how good a job an administrator has done in specifying the configuration of client systems. Bcfg2 is therefore built to help administrators construct an accurate, comprehensive specification. Bcfg2 has been designed from the ground up to support gentle reconciliation between the specification and current client states. It is designed to gracefully cope with manual system modifications. Bcfg2 can also enable the construction of complex change management and deployment strategies.
Augeas is a configuration API and editing tool. It parses common configuration files like /etc/hosts or /etc/grub.conf in their native formats and transforms them into a tree. Configuration changes are made by manipulating this tree and saving it back into native configuration files.
The GNOME NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward. Whether wireless or wired, NetworkManager allows you to quickly move from one network to another: once a network has been configured and joined once, it can be detected and re-joined automatically at a later date. It was designed to auto-detect as much information as possible, seamlessly switches connections when necessary, and provides immediate feedback of the network state to users and applications.
This is the "progress" utility from NetBSD, ported to Linux and Solaris. The progress utility allows the file I/O of progresses to be monitored. It includes support for gzip-compressed files, so "progress -z -f file.tar.gz tar xf -" would show the progress of extracting file.tar.gz.
EPOR is an extensible package organiser for Unix-like systems. It's written to trace filesystem changes (something being installed) and save this information in a simple text database (this, as any other provided feature, is customisable via the embedded Guile interpreter). Database entries contain information supplied by the command line (package name, version, etc.) and traced by filesystem changes (new directories, files, etc.). This is achieved using the "LD_PRELOAD method''.
Omnitty is a curses-based program that allows you to log into several machines simultaneously and interact with them, selectively directing input to individual machines or groups of selected machines. You can run both line-oriented and screen-oriented in the target machines, because it has built- in terminal emulation capability. When the window is large enough, Omnitty also displays a "summary area" for each machine, in which it shows what the latest output from the machine was, so you can have an idea of what is going on in each machine.
Ports Tree Explorer is a small tool that allows users to navigate through a /usr/ports tree, showing information about a selected port, tree view, software categories (/usr/ ports main directories), and allowing the user to install a selected port. It allows users to monitor background installs and to perform certain operations related to the software ports tree, with a plain and simple GUI.
Paco (pacKAGE oRGANIZER) is a simple, yet powerful tool to aid package management when installing programs from source code. It uses the LD_PRELOAD method to track package installations, and provides various options to keep the installed software organized. It's mainly a command line application but it has also an optional GTKMM interface.