The NetBSD Ppbus Project aims to remedy some of the shortcomings of the current printer driver by porting to NetBSD a more modern implementation of parallel port support in FreeBSD called ppbus. It allows faster modes of operation, IEEE 1284 support, and a generic abstract layer that multiple devices such as printer, PLIP (parallel port Internet protocol, similar to SLIP), and Zip drives. It allows bidirectional communication and an abstract parallel port interface that devices can attach to: the many chipset implementations of the parallel port will only have to provide this common interface.
The PCI Utilities package contains various utilities dealing with the PCI bus, and also a library for portable access to PCI configuration registers. It includes `lspci' for listing all PCI devices (very useful for debugging of both kernel and device drivers) and `setpci' for manual configuration of PCI devices.
ShoStats is a reimplementation of phpSysInfo in Perl, useful for running from crontab and outputting the stats to a PHP include file, which can then be displayed on a hosting account. It is modular and configurable, including modules to support both Linux, OpenBSD, and NetBSD, an output module for PHP include files, and transfer modules for output to stdout (which can be redirected or piped) and uploading to an FTP server.
Tellu is inventory management software that collects hardware and software information automatically from networked servers and workstations, and stores collected data in MySQL database where data is easily readable using a comprehensive user interface usable by any modern Web browser. Devices (like routers and switches), peripherals (like video projectors and displays), and service providers (like hosting and maintenance) can also be stored in the database using a Web interface called Tellu Skin. Inventory management is only one part of Tellu's capability, Tellu offers the possibility to group together workstations, servers, devices, passwords, file attachments, and others to form a faction. For example, a faction can contain all the stuff that a development team needs in their development environment.