dlkern downloads the current stable/beta/prepatch Linux kernel and its signature, and verifies the signature via GnuPG.pm. Versions are specified on the command line as -s (stable), -b (beta), or -p (pre-patch) (all 3 may be specified at once). Downloads are done via ncftpget, wget, or Net::FTP. It allows specification of 2-letter country code for the kernel mirror system, and selection of compression format (.gz/.bz2).
speechd implements a /dev/speech device using either the Festival or rsynth speech synthesis packages. All plaintext written to this device will be spoken aloud (or optionally output as morse code if you are using the "morse" program as the underlying driver). Certain programs have been modified to make use of this device, including an ircII script called speech.irc, a Slashdot ticker called slashes and a package for TiK. All of these modified packages are available on the homepage.
Xmame has been abandoned for years, and replaced with sdlmame.
I'd prefer a merging of the .deb & .rpm formats
I'd much rather see the formats merged, and full package compatability between redhat and debian. At least, I think it's the right goal to strive for.
And I agree that .deb's need for upgrades to be babysat is... not optimul.