mnsetup is a script that helps you set up mail and news on a Slackware system or other Linux system. It will set up the "fetchmail" mail client, the "mutt" or "pine" mail readers, and the "tin" or "slrn" news readers. The script will prompt you for your username, password, and email address. You need to have the "dialog" program installed to run mnsetup.
Multicast BOOTP Java server and C/Linux client's goal is to implement the BOOTP/DHCP protocol through multicast rather than broadcast. Sun's Java networking API offers multicast socket communication objects, allowing you to create a platform independent IP interface configuration utility. Eventually, such utilities may become a fully featured multicast DHCP server. Any ideas on how to support existing BOOTP broadcast client requests are welcome. See the Multicast HOWTO at http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Multicast- HOWTO.html.
Installwatch is a simple utility which keeps track of which files are created and modified during the installation of a new program. It's fast and easy to use. It doesn't require a "pre-install" phase because it monitors processes while they run. Installwatch works with every dynamically linked ELF program, by intercepting system calls that cause file system alterations.
RPMSV manages RPM packages installed on a system to determine which ones should be installed, deleted, or updated. This can be done with a single command. It has definitions of function groups to determine all packages needed for a specific function (such as serving web pages), and can do central maintenance of packages, versions, and function groups over many hosts.
NoodeInstaller attempts to make distributing software easier for people who don't know how to use make and RPM. It is simpler and less powerful than these traditional methods, but it should suffice for most people. Its features include NoodleUnInstaller (for automating uninstalls), TkNIAK (a GUI program for making the install scripts), and InstallMaker (for making self-extracting installers).
Kernin is an easy-to-follow, menu-driven script to help with the installation of a Linux kernel. This includes everything from extracting the kernel from its tarball through automatically changing the LILO configuration. Kernin is mainly aimed at inexperienced users that have no prior knowledge of kernel installation. Kernin can also help experienced Linux users save time when installing a kernel. Note that kernin is only compatible with LILO at the moment.
Payload Delivery Vehicle (PDV) is a program that builds an executable that contains a complete package (e.g. and RPM, System V package or tar file) and the commands required to install it. When the executable is run it will extract the payload (the package) and then execute another command (such as rpm -i, pkgadd -d etc.). The big advantage to this is that a developer can hand a user a single file to be executed - the end user does not need to know how to extract the package or get it installed.