Ansible is a radically simple deployment, configuration, and command execution framework. It is dead simple and painless to extend. Extending Ansible does not require programming in any particular language; you can write modules as scripts or programs which return simple JSON. It’s also trivially easy to just execute useful shell commands.
Chef is a systems integration framework, built to bring the benefits of configuration management to your entire infrastructure. With Chef, you can manage your servers by writing code, not by running commands (via Cookbooks), integrate tightly with your applications, databases, LDAP directories, and more (via Libraries), and easily configure applications that require knowledge about your entire infrastructure ("What systems are running my application?" "What is the current master database server?").
ChiMeRA is a configuration management tool designed around three basic concepts. The first is a framework for managing servers, allowing for command execution and file transfer over SSH. The second is a repository for managing files that enables change tracking, archiving, and management of various user definable configuration files across multiple servers through a standard revision control tool. The third concept is an aesthetic principle of simplicity, giving administrators straightforward interfaces to manage complicated environments.
MachDB is machine database to catalog of the changing state of your hosts. It consists of a database, an aggregator, an XML spec, and some example information gathering scripts. Along with a Web UI, these form the basis of a system that will allow you to catalog the current and historical state of the hosts in your infrastructure. It has been designed with scale in mind, and the goal is to support 10k hosts. It is being actively developed and is used in production at a few organizations.
RHash is a utility for computing hash sums and creating magnet links. It supports CRC32, MD4, MD5, SHA1/SHA2, Tiger, TTH, Torrent BTIH, AICH, ED2K, GOST R 34.11-94, RIPEMD-160, HAS-160, EDON-R 256/512, WHIRLPOOL, and SNEFRU hash algorithms. Hash sums are used to ensure and verify the integrity of large volumes of data for long-term storage or transferral. RHash can calculate magnet links and EDonkey 2000 links. It can update existing hash files by adding sums of files missing in the hash file. It can output in a predefined (SFV, BSD-like) or user defined format. It can process directories recursively.
Unhide.rb finds hidden processes on your system. It looks for active processes in many different ways. Processes found by some means but not others are considered to be "hidden", and are reported to the user. Unhide.rb is a Ruby rewrite of the original Unhide, which was written in C. Unhide.rb performs the same checks as the original, but is 10 times faster in only half as much code, and has better diagnostics when hidden processes are found.
agentsmith is a daemon that continuously monitors a log file for break-in attempts by remote hosts. Upon detection of a break-in attempt, it launches a user defined script or application, which can do virtually anything from sending mail messages to whatever else you might think of. The criteria for what is considered a break-in attempt can be configured by means of a regular expression.
cronbot is a wrapper script for cron jobs. Rather than running your job/script directly, you run it through cronbot, and it will allow a little more control to help keep things from getting out of hand. The default behavior is to only allow one instance of your job to run. This can be changed with the --duplicate option. You can also pass in a maximum time of execution for a job or add a random amount time to delay the start of your job. By default, jobs are run with a default "nice" value, which is usually 10.