CLU is an installation, removal, and upgrade management tool written for speed, size, and power. It utilizes LibAST to provide an object-oriented interface for abstracting package managers, packages, package groups, and repositories. The current implementation focuses on RPM, but additional formats can be added.
The Mknew Project is an investigation of how to build simple Unix shell scripts to manage common development and administrative tasks. The emphasis is on using languages and tools that already exist and are in common use. A related emphasis is on exploring the functional programming nature of the bash shell. This is accomplished by using the bash function capability, and using the bash "$(" ")"syntax to delay function execution in bash scripts. This allows building scripts that have a LISP-like function syntax that permits shell scripts to be written as a series of function calls with minimal syntax. The goal is to provide a way to specify make procedures of heterogeneous components in a bash script. These can include diverse source code languages, documentation text, test procedures, and data. In addition to the mknew function library (mklib), these "make" procedures rely only on capabilities provided by the bash shell, and common Unix command line utilities.
xml2hostconf generates RPM packages, dhcpd.conf, pxelinux files, kickstart files, and HTML documentation with XSLT. It is a framework for central configuration and automatic installation of a Fedora/Redhat Linux network. Configuration files get shipped to the client computers by generated RPMs.
DeltaRPM is a tool that generates RPMs that contains the difference between an old and a new version of an RPM. This makes it possible to recreate the new RPM from the deltarpm and the old one. You don't have to have a copy of the old RPM, as it can also work with installed RPMs. The package also contains tools for creating and applying delta ISOs.
WPKG is a Samba add-on that will help distribute software, hotfixes, and patches to many clients. You can easily deploy software, packages, updates, and changes without the need to manually go from one workstation to another. You simply configure the software that should be installed on a given machine or a group of machines, and next time these workstations are booted, the software you specified is installed automatically.
SoftwareUpdate is a Java class that assists with adding an automatic software-update feature to applications. It doesn't perform the update, but takes care of administrative stuff like looking up the version number of the latest version, with the ability to distinguish and check different places based on operating system. It also builds the OS-specific URLs to make it easy to do a quick latest-version check in any desktop or server application.