Fakeroot-ng runs a program while fooling it into thinking it is running with root privileges. When the program does something that only root can do (e.g. create a device file), fakeroot-ng emulates the appropriate system calls so that the program gets a consistent view of its actions. Unlike the original fakeroot, fakeroot-ng uses the ptrace interface, which means that it does not suffer some of the limitations that fakeroot does. In particular, fakeroot-ng supports chroot jails.
LPMtool aims to be a complete package management and software distribution solution. It includes basic command line and PyGTK-based utilities for installing and removing packages, as well as tools to publish Web-based package repositories that use a GPG-based web-of-trust security model.
novi is a tool for finding the latest-version RPMs in a tree. It can be used to create Kickstart trees or yum repositories that contain the updated RPMS. In the case of Kickstart, this means machines come to life with the updates already applied. Using novi for a yum repository trims the size of the repodata files, which reduces client download and processing time.
OBLISK (Open Binary Linux Install System Kit) aims to make any package install on any modern GNU/Linux system. OBLISK packages are sent in an appdir-like package and can be run entirely in place, but also have an installer, which makes it possible for them to be installed to /usr or any other path.