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.
footprint is a tool that makes it easier to create and manage kickstart files. It allows you to define systems, create profiles for systems, and macros per distribution. It can create kickstart files on the fly, make custom initrd (ramdisks), create custom bootfloppies, and can manage your DHCP and PXE configuration.