cdvtoc is a simple utility for creating Solaris VTOC records suitable for building bootable CDs on Sun SPARC systems. The utility will create a VTOC that is aligned to cylinder boundaries and display the padding required for each component of the ISO. If required, the utility will stitch all the components together with the new VTOC to create your ISO file.
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.
ethwireck can detect if the physical layer of the Ethernet is up. Laptops which use dynamic IP address assignment via DHCP have the problem that the boot process is much longer when no wire is connected to the Ethernet card. This is because the startup scripts have to wait for the DHCP request to time out. ethwireck can be used in the init script for your network card to determine whether or not an interface should be brought up. In other words, a timeout is avoided.
inAccess Networks JTAG tools is a collection of code and a set of tools for using the JTAG interface (present in most modern microprocessors) to perform hardware tests, and for programming Flash Memory Devices connected to the processor's bus. It is especially useful for performing initial hardware tests and for bootstrapping prototype systems. It runs on a "host system" (e.g., a desktop computer with Linux) and accesses the "target system" (e.g., the embedded system's CPU board) through a simple five-line hardware interface. The host system's parallel port is used as the hardware interface, though other arrangements can be supported very easily. It is quite modular and though it currently supports the Intel StrongARM SA-1110, the Intel PXA255, and the Intel StrataFlash ICs, it can be easily extended to support other target hardware configurations by writing simple modules.
Sysinit is a system-initialization scheme for use with Linux and a daemon-management scheme for use with runit or daemontools. It provides a common interface to all functionality, and uses envdirs instead of sourced shell scripts or custom configuration files. It does error handling, handles dependencies gracefully and simply, and handles runlevels.
pxe-boot is a PXE boot configuration of a Red Hat kickstart environment and another PXE boot environment of a recovery console. The Red Hat kickstart is just the standard Red Hat install boot disk (ES3.0), but it does not come with the installation files, just the install environment. The recovery console is an edited Gentoo environment with raidtools, parted, partimage, lilo, grub, and a slew of other handy recovery tools.