iPXE is a network boot firmware. It provides a full PXE implementation enhanced with additional features such as the ability to boot from a Web server using HTTP, and the ability to boot from a SAN using iSCSI, AoE, SRP, or FCoE. It supports a wide variety of network devices, including wireless and Infiniband networks. iPXE is an effective replacement for gPXE.
Date::Calc::XS is a Perl module that is the C/XS part which Date::Calc used to consist of. Date::Calc has become a (pure-Perl) wrapper which tries to load Date::Calc::XS, and failing that, loads Date::Calc::PP (a pure-Perl implementation which is now part of Date::Calc and used to be Date::Pcalc).
metashell is a lightweight, heavy punch, interactive, intelligent command line shell. The difference lies in its ability to determine a file's data type, and automatically run your desired applications. It uses file data types (MIME types) to determine a file's type, and then using user-defined applications automatically opens the file.
JSON::XS implements JSON for Perl. Unlike other modules, its primary goal is to encode to syntactically correct JSON and flag invalid JSON while decoding. It ensures round-trip integrity of data types while being intuitive to use. Currently being the fastest of the JSON encoders available for Perl, it supports a variety of format options, such as single-line, ASCII-only, or pretty-printed, and can be tuned for speed or memory usage. It comes with a wealth of documentation describing usage and implementation details.