mfind is an extensible Machine Find utility. In any network of more than 10 machines, it sometimes becomes necessary to get a list of which machines meet some criteria. This utility is one possible answer to this problem. Composed of two applications, mfind creates a database of machine configurations which is easily parsable using wildcards and regular expressions. For example, it makes it rather easy to determine just how many Sun systems with 256MB of RAM running Solaris 2.6 and an ATI-VideoXpression video card are on-site.
The Machine Inventory Database (MID) is a Perl-based CGI interface to manage the machines on and off your network, both from the IP assignment perspective and the asset-tracking perspective. On top of acting as a frontend to a handful of MySQL tables, it handles IP assignment and acts as a frontend to the configuration files for BIND, YP, and DHCPD to reduce the chance for typos in the configuration files which tend to bring down service.
phpEventCalendar is a simplistic approach to a Web-based event calendar system. Using PHP for the page generation, the system is easily modified to fit into many environments. MySQL is used for user authentication, but this requirement can easily be removed with a single .htaccess file.
myDVDs is a complete personal Web-based graphical DVD inventory database based fully upon PHP with a MySQL backend and the master Region1 DVD database. Additionally, it makes use of the :CueCat: barcode reader for database Adds and Searches. It represents an easy and efficient way of managing that ever-growing collection of DVDs.
Powerful yet small, keepalive is a script that monitors vital applications and takes the necessary actions to insure the high availability of those core applications on your machines. Utilizing a modular method for the monitoring scripts, the level of complexity for those scripts is entirely in the hands of the systems administrator.
Re: _almost_ the right browser
Looks like the best of the best is coming down the line. Check out the specs on Opera 6. They have it in beta right now for Windoze (no mention of the Linux version), but it supports both types of interfaces!
They call it the SDI/MDI - Single Document Interface [per window] and Multiple Document Interface [per window]. The MDI is basically the way Opera 5 and older run, where the SDI is more X-like. You get the choice of running one or the other! Most excellent!
Interesting wording on their website, though: "Opera is most known for its multiple document interface, but users of IE and Netscape may feel more at ease in the single document interface, and can graduate later as advanced users to the multiple document interface." Someone needs to tell them that their "SDI" is the basic way that X works which has shown itself to be geared towards the "advanced users". ;-)
_almost_ the right browser
It definitely lives up to its promotion about being fast. The 5.05 release is nicely featured, and makes me quite happy with the proper drawing and display of HTML pages and fonts.
The biggest downside is that Opera uses its own "virtual desktop" (similar to other Apps like "Eudora"), which works great under Windows, but is a great hindrance under X.
With Netscape, the beauty of it was that you could bring up another browser window and drag it to where-ever you wanted to within your X environment. With Opera, you are limited to being able to move the browser window only within the "virutal desktop" that Opera provides.
However, that's the only limitation that I came across, aside from the fact that it is less forgiving for bad HTML coded pages than other browsers (which really isn't a big deal, honestly). It is a nice alternative, but, without it being X-friendly, I cannot see it taking much hold in the Linux universe IMHO.