Tools that FVLUG members find useful or "Good Enough".
APT GUI Front ends
For those who prefer "point and click", or intuitive console applications:
Tools to cut down on installation size
Howtos for the package management tools
This is a handy package in Debian that shows new changelog entries, before a package is installed: http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/apt-listchanges.html
Basically it compares the changelog contained within the downloaded *.deb files (in /var/cache/apt/archives) with what has been installed, and reports sorted by urgency.
I have it set up to just email me the changes (not the default), but by tweaking /etc/apt/listchanges.conf you can have it show in STDOUT, in a text pager (eg more or less), or even a web browser. Oh, and confirming (to continue or not to continue is the question).
... is a small package containing several handy tools. Check it out. debget and popbugs are neat.