Virtual Appliances are nano-sized virtual machines for deploying instant infrastructure and applications. They are Ubuntu Server Edition 8.04 based and available for VMware, QEMU, KVM, Parallels, Xen, Virtual Iron, Virtural PC, and Virtual Server. Available Virtual Appliances are a LAMP Server, LAPP Server, Apache Tomcat Server, and Cacti Virtual Appliance. These are the smallest, most functional, and easiest to use Virtual Appliances available. They are certified for use on VMware and Parallels.
APT-RPM is a port of Debian's APT tools for RPM based distributions (Conectiva, Red Hat, SuSE, ALT-Linux, etc). APT is an advanced package management utility front-end which allows you to easily perform package installation, upgrading and removal. Dependencies are automatically handled, so if you try to install a package that needs others to be installed, it will download all needed packages and install them.
mail2news-easy is a utility that converts mail to news and news to mail. This program is unique in that it needs less configuration and modifying files than other products; it needs only one file, containing the signature of the mailing-list sender and the news name to which it relates. It installs easily, suppressing 100 of 100 modifications in the first install, and 75 of 100 when upgrading.
Stash is a package manager for non-root users. It makes it easier for you to install, track, and maintain packages and modules in your home directory. It does this by detecting the type of package or module you are installing and passing all the correct command line arguments to the relevant configure scripts and/or makefiles. It is extensible via custom packages, and tracks both architecture dependent and independent packages in separate directories so that they can be shared across systems. Package tracking uses symlinks in a manner similar to GNU stow. It supports autoconf, Perl and Python modules, imake (xmkmf), PMK, and many custom packages.
Luau provides a backbone for disseminating software updates throughout a software project's userbase. It differs from other autoupdate solutions (eg. apt, Red Hat Network) in that it works on a decentralized basis: developers provide a "Luau Repository" file describing all currently available packages and updates which is then downloaded and interpreted by the client. It is also more flexible in that individual developers can distribute not only software updates but messages throughout the userbase, which can be used to inform users of important security updates, new software roadmaps, or anything else the developer thinks is important for users of the software package. Also provided is an X front-end ('luau-x') and a console-based front-end ('luau') that allow the user to check for and download or install updates for all supported software.
SoL (Server optimized Linux) is a Linux distribution completely independent from other Linux distributions. It was built from the original source packages and is optimized for heavy-duty server work. It contains all common server applications, and features XML boot and script technology that makes it easy to configure and make the server work.
Vamos project allows computers to run software directly from the network, without installations. The software is stored on servers and is centrally maintained without the user's effort or attention. The user just needs to run applications, and the necessary bits are streamed automatically to its computer. The execution of the software is local, allowing high responsiveness and distributed computational load.