hprofile is a simple way to manage profiles for hardware configurations, network connections, power management, usage patterns, and many other things. A profile can define alternate versions of any configuration (or other) file, anywhere in the file system, and arbitrary scripts can be run when profiles are started or stopped (e.g. to configure hardware or start/stop services). Special support is also included for 'boot' profiles, allowing you to select profiles at startup and enter different runlevels depending on which profile was selected. It's easy to use and configure, and comes with comprehensive documentation.
DOCSIS Server is a DHCP/TFTP/TOD/syslog server that uses MySQL as a backend. If you have a DOCSIS Cable Modem headend, you can use this server to boot up cable modems and assign IP addresses to customer premise equipment. With a little bit of tweaking you could also use it as just a DHCP server attached to a MySQL database. It was designed to boot up more than 150 modems per second.
The cryptoswap package supports creating an encrypted swap partition when a system boots. This may be necessary on systems that use encrypted filesystems because plaintext secrets may be written to disk when memory is swapped to disk. The project also includes the ability to build a Linux initrd that supports booting with an encrypted root filesystem.
eCos (Embedded Configurable OS) is an open source, configurable, portable, and royalty-free embedded Real Time Operating System. It is written in C++, provides all the usual OS things. You configure the OS so that the parts you don't need aren't loaded to the embedded system. eCos is released under a modified GPL that allows for its use in embedded systems without having to GPL the embedded application.
Powertweak-Linux is a tool to tune your system to its optimal performance settings. It started life as the replacement for the now obsolete kernel option 'tune PCI bridges', and has been extended to provide more features and support more chipsets. It can also tune network/filesystem performance using /proc/sys entries, disk elevator settings, and x86 CPU registers (needs 2.2.18 or 2.4.0test kernel), CDROM speeds, hdparm type features, and Sony VAIO backlight. It has both a GTK GUI and a text-based lister.
Ficl (Forth inspired command language) is an ANS Forth interpreter written in C. Unlike traditional Forths, this interpreter is designed to be embedded into other systems as a command/macro/development prototype language. Ficl provides object extensions that can be used to wrap methods and structures of the host system without altering them.
minit is an attempt to cross-breed DJ Bernstein's daemontools and init, while adding dependencies, and maintaining minimal code base. It is possible to start and stop services on the fly. minit does not depend on a mounted /proc file system, and it does not write to any part of the file system, not even to start and stop services. It does not use System V IPC, either.