gBootRoot makes the construction and development of distributions fun and simple with its Root Methods (Yard) and user-mode-linux test bed. Finish the product with a Boot Method (2-disk compression supported). Normal (non-root) users can make root filesystems and boot disks. It includes the make_debian script to create a testable user-mode-linux base Debian system, add-ons to enhance methods, and an MTD Emulator useful for running distributions made with the jffs/jffs2 filesystem.
Multixterm creates multiple xterms that can be driven together or separately. It can be used to login via SSH to multiple hosts and control them simultaneously, or for ad hoc things where you want to see the results as you type. Each xterm may also be driven separately. Multixterm is scriptable so that you can easily fire up, for example, a dozen xterms with a single command, tiled nicely on your screen. In addition to SSH, multixterm can drive rlogin, telnet, passwd, or any program that runs in an xterm.
gscanbus is a little tool for testing and visualising the firewire IEEE-1394 bus. Using the Linux ieee1394 subsystem, it displays a graphical tree of all connected firewire devices and allows basic control of camcorders and other devices. It is designed as development and debugging tool and can be used for testing the basic firewire setup of a Linux machine.
pretrace is a preload library that allows specified (dynamically linked) applications to always be executed under a debugging environment. pretrace allows you to specify the percentage of invocations which will be traced, to help you "keep an eye" on applications without bringing the machine to its knees.
Ftwalk is a high level script programming language, very similar to awk, but greatly extended to include a richer type system, object-oriented features, 300+ built-in functions, extensibility through dynamic libraries, etc., which makes it roughly comparable to languages like Perl. It does file tree searches, and was originally used to implement selective redundant copy backup stores. It can be run interactively as a calculator.