ROCK Linux is a distribution build kit for creating Linux distributions. You can easily design and build your own distribution by choosing packages, compilers, and optimization options, and optionally enable the GCC Stack-Smashing Protector for enhanced security. It is also possible to choose custom configure options, cross-compile, and much more. Many specialized targets (customized distributions) have already been created, such as a Desktop, Router, or Minimal distribution. A variety of architectures are supported.
biotr is the first known chatbot for the bChat World Domination Project. bChat is an HTTP-based chat and community system which includes modules for news, user profiles, chatting, and a bulletin board. biotr is a Perl script that participates in chatroom discussions, and reacts to a set of triggers that are stored in a MySQL database. It has an access control system that allows certain triggers to be restricted to certain users. If biotr has chatmaster privileges, then it can act as a moderator.
libGLI is a multi-platform library for creating 3D user interfaces, based on OpenGL. With the help of this library, programmers can add in their own graphical application elements for the user interface and connect interface objects to their own programs with callbacks. In other words, GLI sits between the user and an OpenGL application.
The Linux Video Project attempts to create a live-system suited for most media. It currently weighs 25 MB and boots on any x86 system, initializes its hardware (most notably sound), and plays video on that system. It uses the ROCK Linux Distribution Build Kit for building the live-system.
blindRSS is a very simple browser-operated RSS reader. You can click through the feeds in a sidebar, use the (hopefully self-explanatory) icons next to them to manipulate them, and do all the other stuff a RSS reader should do. It's programmed so that the feeds are reread by a cronjob or daemon, while as much functionality as possible is done within the client. Thus, the server only serves the data, not the markup.
The best thing
Well, for me, autoconf and automake are the best thing since sliced bread.
With a few lines you can check if a library is installed, header files are there, and if you intermixe a handful of shell-codecode lines you can do almost anything.
Besides, it has helped us _a lot_ at ROCK Linux with creating packages without having to create a custom build-script for each and every piece of software we nat to use.
The next thing is, I don't think a biased article like this will change anything.