GNU parallel is a shell tool for executing jobs in parallel locally or using remote computers. A job is typically a single command or a small script that has to be run for each of the lines in the input. The typical input is a list of files, a list of hosts, a list of users, a list of URLs, or a list of tables. If you use xargs today you will find GNU parallel very easy to use, as GNU parallel is written to have the same options as xargs. If you write loops in shell, you will find GNU parallel may be able to replace most of the loops and make them run faster by running several jobs in parallel. If you use ppss or pexec you will find GNU parallel will often make the command easier to read. GNU parallel makes sure output from the commands is the same output as you would get had you run the commands sequentially. This makes it possible to use output from GNU parallel as input for other programs.
"Stupid Simple VPN" is a virtual private networking program contained as source in a 7.0KB tarball. It does not daemonize, and is intended to create a temporary VPN for emergency circumstances when you "just need a pipe" without the hassle of authentication, keys, encryption, and compression. It runs on OS X using the tuntaposx driver and Linux 2.6 using the native tuntap driver.
Shannon is a general purpose stream-oriented programming language; it is concise and yet feature rich. Streams, FIFOs, and Unix shell-style pipes are first-class concepts in the language. You can connect functions and FIFOs within your program similar to the way you connect processes with pipes in the Unix shell. These constructs in Shannon, however, are highly efficient as no true multitasking is involved, and at the same time they allow you to write more concise and readable code for chained data processing. State is a special type of function that returns a reference to its own local data and any nested functions it may have. In effect, states implement classes in terms of OOP, and yet classes per se aren't part of the language. A special type of modules marked as "persistent" is an effective replacement for databases and SQL. This allows you to access persistent shared data using native Shannon constructs, eliminating the need for an extra query language. Intuitive and minimalist syntax and semantics are used. Particularly, "minimalist semantics" means less things to remember and more possibilities. Shannon is statically-typed, although it provides dynamic typing facilities as well.
OpenSCB is a hardware and software solution for controlling servos over USB. The hardware is designed to interface with classic RC servos, AX-12/AX-18 servos, OpenServo, and more using a powerful 32-bit microcontroller with a USB port for programming and control with a PC. The schematic and layout will be available and can be customized. A graphical interface is also provided for your computer to configure, calibrate, and control the board.
Open Cubic Player is a music player which can play a wide variety of music formats. Currently it can play so called modules (MOD, XM, S3M, IT), MIDI, MP1-3, SID tunes, and CD audio. It supports many soundcards (SB, GUS, EWS, WSS, PAS, and many more). It features many different display modes for "looking" (text and graphics) at the music.
mdp stands for "Mot de Passe", which means "password" in French. It wraps GnuPG for encryption and deals with all the small details of generating, managing, and fetching your passwords. It is similar to many other programs, but differentiates itself with simplicity (not button-driven simplicity, but with a Unix less-is-more style). For example, beyond the use of GnuPG for encryption, it lets you use your own editor to manage your passwords, categorize them, and delete them. In order to avoid passwords lingering on your screen, the results from the queries are displayed through a custom pager which is cleared after a customizable timeout (defaulting to ten seconds).