This week's TechMail is about one of my favourite programs, runit: Use runit to supervise Linux services. I can't recommend runit highly enough, but ever since I started with qmail years ago and djb's daemontools, supervised services have been a bit of a thing for me. Can't live without them.
As a result, I've been putting a few packages into current contrib so that with Mandriva 2009 you'll be able to (easily) run supervised services with my Annvix run scripts (using execline so there is an extremely small memory footprint).
Too bad Mandriva's dietlibc is so broken that runit has to be built static with glibc, making it far larger than it should have to be. =(