kudzu is also the hardware configuration tool for Red Hat Linux. Introduced in version 6.1, it has made changing hardware on a Red Hat system _virtually_ trivial. This of course excludes video cards given that XFree86 controls that realm of things (sigh). kudzu mostly just detects hardware and keeps a database, sending you off to other config tools for the actual configuration, if neccesary. Sound cards bring up sndconfig, video cards: Xconfigurator, mice: mouseconfig, etc.

Seeing as how kudzu (in the other definitions of it) appears to be a southern thang, and Red Hat is based in RTP, I wonder if this played a role when the Red Hat folk were trying to come up with a name.