Every cluster of computers I've encountered suffers from the same problem: its software is outdated. Naturally, one has the ability as a user to install everything from source in the home directory. I was wondering if there are any tools that would allow one to install and update software within home directory the same way package managers do in Linux distributions, i.e. with minimal pain and effort.
I have found toast, which is good, but not always reliable and up-to-date. Are there alternatives?
My particular needs at the moment are a recent version of GCC, boost, python, cmake.