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Freecode Freezeup

Unknown Lamer posted about 7 months ago | from the long-live-freshmeat dept.

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LeadSongDog (1120683) writes The venerable Freecode site has today gone static, blaming low traffic. No new content is being accepted, but they continue to serve existing content. They recommend projects consider moving to Sourceforge. Probably obvious, but Freecode/SourceForge/Slashdot share a corporate parent.

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Not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47263809)

Why would Dice continue to run it? No money in it for them, and they really don't give a shit about the open source community. How long before SourceForge goes the same way?

Re:Not a surprise (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 7 months ago | (#47263845)

If it is static, it probably doesn't cost that much for them to run it. Just shove it in a tiny corner of your web space, pay for the domain name every few years. Perhaps someone will buy it from them.

Re:Not a surprise (2)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 7 months ago | (#47263897)

Dice killed it, just like they killed Sourceforge and are killing Slashdot.


Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 7 months ago | (#47264227)

That used to be REALLY valuable, in the old days - which we then considered new-school. You know! The years of "Cathedral and Bazaar" and "Cluetrain"...

Now? I really won't bother building Windowmaker applets or LibSpinyEchidna.so from source. :-)

Do you want some schadenfreude? Re-read "Cluetrain Manifesto" while thinking of Facebook and AWS.


turgid (580780) | about 7 months ago | (#47265727)

Now? I really won't bother building Windowmaker applets or LibSpinyEchidna.so from source. :-)

I would, if only I had the time these days.

In fact I have some teency tiny scripts for making WINGs into a shared library. I half-wrote a calculator application using it about 8 years ago.

Still using WindowMaker, on Slackware64, but I install the binary package, I don't build from source :-)

"Was this Freshmeat?" -- says it all, alas. (1)

Slartibartfast (3395) | about 7 months ago | (#47280701)

Yes, it was Freshmeat. They changed the name about two years ago, though it still resolves to freecode.

I, for one, am very sad. Any time I was feeling like I had a bit too much time on my hands, I'd go to Freshmeat^WFreecode, and check out the newer projects. Almost always, something would catch my eye. And, yes, I still get their daily updates mailed to me, too. I'm wicked bummed. Though I do appear to be one of the relatively few who still use it, so I guess it's no big surprise.

Sad day.

Re:Not a surprise (0)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264271)

They kill us because they hate us.

They only invested in our community's sites to kill them and undermine us.

Re:Not a surprise (2)

rwa2 (4391) | about 7 months ago | (#47264083)

Sad, though, I remember when I used to hit freshmeat.net as much as slashdot.

I am glad, though, that I got a good chunk of my life back when I learned to just rely on aptitude to keep stuff on my system updated for me.

Still, I ought to go and compile a kernel for the heck of it though, for old time's sake.

Re:Not a surprise (2)

nullchar (446050) | about 7 months ago | (#47265037)

Freshmeat / Freecode wasn't about downloads, it was about release announcements and new project announcements.

I still have a slashbox configured, which I've used a few times in the past several months to learn about new projects that I'd otherwise have never learned about.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

dissy (172727) | about 7 months ago | (#47267871)

I still have a slashbox configured, which I've used a few times in the past several months to learn about new projects that I'd otherwise have never learned about.

Just out of curiosity, how did you manage to keep that one alive so long?

I too kept re-adding that slashbox and dice kept removing it for the past couple months.
I finally decided last week to stop fighting it and just use my bookmark instead of first visiting slashdot and then hitting the freecode slashbox title once I reached the end of the /. stories.

I really hope Dice wasn't counting freecode visitors based on how many people fought with them over removing that box, and I was the deciding counter :P

For over 10 years I've always dedicated at Least 15 minutes of each day for going down the new updates on freecode / freshmeat.
In fact there was 3 pages worth of updates posted between this morning when I last checked and Monday evening the time I checked before last.

That almost seems like more projects listed than slashdot lists articles in the same time frame :P

Thinking back, I've actually checked freecode nearly daily (at least during the week, though I did this weekend too) all the way back to a short hospital stay I had about 4 weeks back when I was offline completely for a few days.
There was literally not a single day that went by without at least a full page of freecode updates posted.

And while I can't really be sure, it sure feels to me like the number of updates posted each day hasn't declined in the last year, even if the posting frequency went from 3-4 times a day down to the 1 time a day it's dropped to in the past couple months. But that one time a day update posted just as many new and updated projects as one would get before as far as I can recall.

I just simply can't believe this is really due to "low traffic" when traffic is defined as most of us use the term.
I'm pretty sure what they meant to say was "low ad income" instead...

Re:Not a surprise (1)

nullchar (446050) | about 7 months ago | (#47269479)

I did have to re-add the slashbox... but as I was too lazy to setup an RSS feed or even manually load the page, the slashbox was my portal to freshmeat.

I used to frequent it much more often back in the day, when I had time to explore and experiment with software. Still, there's always something interesting there to someone.

I even have an old Freshmeat.net black tee shirt from back in the day, with a fun "nutrition facts" label. Can't find even a close pic online.

Here's a random snapshot from circa 2000: http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/.vhost/... [tuwien.ac.at]

Re:Not a surprise (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | about 7 months ago | (#47271497)

The trouble with Freshmeat/Freecode was that they aggressively deleted entries when links broke. So if a project's homepage went down it would soon become unsearchable on the site. This reduced the site's usefulness as an archive of known free software. (Much better to keep the archived information and encourage people to fix the links - as a last resort, somebody who downloaded the tarball before the site went down could re-upload it somewhere.) Is there an alternative site which works as a kind of encylopaedia of free software? Github is great and all, but it is a project hosting site rather than an index of all software (which may be hosted externally and perhaps not even maintained in a public git repository).

Re:Not a surprise (1)

jeff.covey (1591) | about 7 months ago | (#47278375)

Our broken link policy (if we couldn't resolve the problem ourselves with Googling) was to write to the owner of the project listing, wait two weeks, send a reminder, wait five more days, then delete the listing if there was no response. The only time we would just delete a listing was when we couldn't track down any contact information for it. I apologize if you experienced anything other than this, it wasn't how we normally did things.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

Ed Avis (5917) | about 7 months ago | (#47280221)

Yes that's right, the listing was deleted if you didn't respond. That tended to bite me as I would only check my personal email infrequently. I think that even if the listing owner disappeared completely, it would still be better to have an entry saying 'hey, this program exists, can you help find it?' and listing the last known whereabouts. But I see your point that you didn't just delete them without warning. Thanks for your work maintaining the site over many years.

Re:Not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47268307)

> pay for the domain name every few years

They evidently could not afford to keep freshmeat.org which seems to belong to a domain squatter now.

Welcome to the 21st Century.... (1, Insightful)

HogGeek (456673) | about 7 months ago | (#47263819)

it's called github.com.

Alternative cross-repository listings though? (2)

presidenteloco (659168) | about 7 months ago | (#47263937)

github.com is great and all, but it doesn't contain all free or open source software that's out there, by a long stretch.

Where is the alternative meta-level listing?

Re:Alternative cross-repository listings though? (2)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264283)

There is none, they all got bought up and then killed off.

Probably somebody warned them before they bought it that it wouldn't make them money, but they decided to buy it anyways thinking it had other value. Well, it did. But it turns out they didn't share those values.

Re:Alternative cross-repository listings though? (2)

rainer_d (115765) | about 7 months ago | (#47267829)

On FreeBSD, we have http://www.freshports.org./ [www.freshports.org]

I've subscribed to all the ports that interest me or that we're actively using and every time one get's an update, I get an email at the end of the day.
It's really handy.

Does that mean I also don't get email-updates from freshmeat anymore?

Re:Welcome to the 21st Century.... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47264019)


Who the fuck uses SourceForge? That shit is worse than Ann Coulter. Seriously. I never thought I'd see an "open source" project hosting site devolve to a state that makes CNet Downloads look good.

Such a shame. I've grabbed huge amounts of hugely useful software off of SourceForge in the past decade, but in the past few years, when I track down a project that fits my needs and I find that it's hosted on SourceForge, I assume that the project maintainers are lazy and/or incompetent and then continue my search elsewhere.

But, whatever. Ten years ago we had Slashdot and SourceForge. Now we have Reddit and GitHub. Ain't so bad; the world moves on and Dice's holdings are all stuck in 1999.

Suck it, Dice.

Re:Welcome to the 21st Century.... (5, Insightful)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about 7 months ago | (#47264237)

I never thought I'd see an "open source" project hosting site devolve to a state that makes CNet Downloads look good.

Indeed. They even include ads that look like fake "Download" buttons (bigger than the download link), and I've even seen installers embed things like McAfee trials and adware in the installers. It's gotten so bad, my company blocks SourceForge downloads at the proxy.

Re:Welcome to the 21st Century.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47265903)

I never thought I'd see an "open source" project hosting site devolve to a state that makes CNet Downloads look good.

Indeed. They even include ads that look like fake "Download" buttons (bigger than the download link), and I've even seen installers embed things like McAfee trials and adware in the installers. It's gotten so bad, my company blocks SourceForge downloads at the proxy.

They are right to! Check out what SourceForge did with Filezilla.


Re:Welcome to the 21st Century.... (1)

Wootery (1087023) | about 7 months ago | (#47266483)

BitBucket [bitbucket.org] is still around. Like GitHub, it's actually fairly good, even the free stuff.

Don't know why they're using .org though. Definitely .com material.

Re:Welcome to the 21st Century.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47267685)

Yea I think you are a bit confused as to this whole "website" concept thingy.

I'm not sure if it is freecode you misunderstand, or github you misunderstand, so I'll explain about both.
I would highly suggest visiting one of the two however as the best way to learn what they are about.

freecode is (was) a daily index listing both up and coming new projects just released as well as updates with the major points of the updated version of a wide spectrum of software for many OSes, licenses, categories of function, and development styles - each of those being a list of options one can select from to filter search results of the keywords you enter into the search box.

It is (was) a wonderful method to find out what software exists to fill whatever need you have currently at hand, and by limiting the options to the licenses, OSes, code types, etc you can easily deploy and use, or perhaps are even limited to.

The daily index is (was) also fun to simply browse to keep up on what is available out there, either to mentally file away for future usage, or perhaps to solve a problem you had some time ago and put off "till later" because everything available at the time wasn't quite right for your needs.

That is (was) freecode.

Github on the other hand has almost none of those features. Yes it has search, but often times you are searching on the project name or worse the name/type of source files.
Not all projects there have even so much as a readme browsable, let alone a full and complete description with tags and keywords sorted pragmatically by any of the filters I mentioned above.

It is highly likely something that might even fill your needs completely on github will never be found due to how poorly the search works.

On top of that, and I even just went to look in case they changed things (answer: they really haven't) - there is no useful "browse software" function, just a craptastic "explore" link that shows all of 8 categories that are so broad and limited at the same time to be useless.

"Front end java frameworks" - yes that sounds like I'll find a deployable webapp for my problem at hand, likely always at the top of the list, right?

"Music" - yes that category will be frequently used for my enterprise application needs :P

Even something slightly more useful like "networking" I likely wouldn't complain about, despite the broadness of such a category.. but alas, there isn't even that.

The issue I take with github is that I know what my problem is, and roughly know the type of software that would fix said problem. What I Don't know is the NAME of currently maintained software out there that can solve that problem, and to what extent it will meet my needs.
Github lacks all of that information, while freecode not only had that information but indexable and searchable in a way to be even more useful than simply using a site: tag in Google.

It is far from a replacement, and in fact is far from the same broad category of website.

And I can say without hesitation that I will very much miss freecode. I literally last browsed the front page index just this morning before heading to work, not hours before they made it static. Ironically it had 3 pages of new updates in the last 48 hours for me to catch up on as well, and has never failed to list less than a page worth of updates and new software in any given 24 hour period.

If that is considered "lack of visitors", I must ask why they even keep slashdot around as it seems to have a tenth of the stories posted to its front page than freecode did even as recently as yesterday!

freshmeat.net! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47263889)

they should have never changed the name.

Move to sourceforge? (2)

caseih (160668) | about 7 months ago | (#47263953)

How will visiting sourceforge help me see summaries of new software releases? Guess I'm confused. I always thought freshmeat.net (renaming and moving it to freecode.com was stupid IMO) was just a listing site, and that's what I've used it for the last 14 years. And it's still been useful at that. Takes money to pay the bills, but it seems to me that this is another example of Dice thinking they can takes something that's popular and monetize it without bothering to find out why it's popular, and what value it gave to the community.

Re:Move to sourceforge? (3, Interesting)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 7 months ago | (#47263997)

How will visiting sourceforge help me see summaries of new software releases? Guess I'm confused.

Sourceforge is where open source projects go to die. That's the only summary you need.

Re:Move to sourceforge? (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264311)

Yep, parking for abandoned projects, in case in 10 years somebody wants to fork it.

Re:Move to sourceforge? (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264309)

Takes money to pay the bills

Actually, if you put standard ads in it, then it should only cost $20/m for a small VPS if you have no traffic, and it would make a small amount of money at moderate traffic. You can just hand that over to the volunteer maintainers. Even a site like freshmeat with a high percent of ad-blockers should serve enough ads to pay for traffic.

Re:Move to sourceforge? (1)

antdude (79039) | about 7 months ago | (#47266161)

Ditto. I visit http://freecode.com/ [freecode.com] daily to see its new/updated stuff. What other opensource software web site that will let us do that?

Logins disabled? Can't export followed projects! (3, Informative)

Arthur Dent '99 (226844) | about 7 months ago | (#47264177)

I regularly visit Freecode to see the new open source projects and discover updates to the projects that I'm already using. I've built up quite a library of projects that I follow on Freecode. Now it seems that they've disabled logins, so there doesn't appear to be a way to at least write down the information on all of the projects that I have followed in the past. Any chance that they'll at least temporarily enable logins again, in order to "export" followed projects, or are we just hosed?

Re:Logins disabled? Can't export followed projects (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264357)

Come on, this is dice! You're just hosed. You can always email their support, I'm sure they can send you some marketing-speak like they did to me, promising they really care about us while still maintaining the policy of hosing us.

What, you were personally invested in your personal preferences and histories and usage data?! Dice thought you were creating that data just to make them money. They have no moral or ethical concept to indicate that you would actually own the data you created.

Re:Logins disabled? Can't export followed projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47268367)

Search seems to be gone, but I was able to find my projects by guessing the URLs, e.g., http://freecode.com/projects/libpng/

What was the point? (-1, Flamebait)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 7 months ago | (#47264199)

Isn't Freecode just a clone of Soureforge? A place to download free crap? What problem did it solve?

Re:What was the point? (1)

unrtst (777550) | about 7 months ago | (#47264321)

Isn't Freecode just a clone of Soureforge? A place to download free crap? What problem did it solve?

No. It was basically just metadata. Hosted files, official project page, bug tracker, version control, etc... that was all off site at any configurable location the project wanted.

"Freecode" was an awful name. Freshmeat.net, while not obvious, didn't make it sound like it hosted code.

AFAIK, there is no replacement for it. Perhaps someone can fork it, but the data is the really valuable part.

Rather than change the name and update the site layout (which, IMO, is now worse than it was), they should have enhanced the actual code so that it had closer integration with popular code repositories (sourceforge included). When one added a project to freshmeat/freecode, you had to fill out ever link (where your site it, where version control is, where each version download is, etc etc). They could have had a "project type" dropdown, then you fill in where your github project, or sourceforge project, etc lives, and it'd auto-fill the rest and keep the release versions up to date automatically. As it is/was, with every release you made, you had to go and manually update freshmeat/freecode (unless you used some third party tool to have it do that for you).

Anyway... I'll miss it.

Re:What was the point? (2)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 7 months ago | (#47264741)

Rather than change the name and update the site layout (which, IMO, is now worse than it was)

Freecode was Alpha...and you guys thought Beta was bad!

Re:What was the point? (1)

higuita (129722) | about 7 months ago | (#47271423)

Agree, what would help a lot freshmeat would be a automatic link to sourceforce, github and friends. Developers would upload a new version and (if possible) flag it as a release and freshmeat would publish it automatically. Or allow the "update via new release mailling list". Forcing someone to enter freshmeat to update is a pain and push away many projects or keep the DB from showing obsolete versions.
Also, with this integration, better changelogs could be possible
Finally, keep a list of possible alternative software would help people searching, as one project can be dying and one can quickly find alternatives to it.

Simple things that could improve frehmeat and increase his traffic.

But no, instead they try to catch windows users by changing the name... and let it die
if they really wanted to catch windows users, they would need to add the most common windows software and create a "freshmeat" application that would flag and update the windows software (think ninite, but with both the closed source software and all the open freashmeat software)

I too will miss it

Re:What was the point? (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about 7 months ago | (#47264381)

It was a meta-listing for projects that were hosted elsewhere. So you could look at a combined listing, and search based on keywords instead of based on hosting provider.

Honestly, hosting provider has nothing to do with what users would be interested in software for. "freecode" (aka freshmeat.net) was the only place with good combined listings. Now, there is no such place.

Should have gone Beta (4, Funny)

BenJeremy (181303) | about 7 months ago | (#47264249)

They should have tried a new Beta format. Surely that would have saved them.

Re:Should have gone Beta (1)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about 7 months ago | (#47264975)


Sad. Anything like it? (2)

iampiti (1059688) | about 7 months ago | (#47264313)

This is sad for me since I've been browsing the release lists there for years. From time to time I'd take a look in there and sometimes would find interesting projects that I wouldn't have found other way.
Are there any comparable websites? (Listing releases of open source projects)

Freshmeat, Freecode, ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47264349)

Freshmeat was handy, but not the end-all be-all. Some of the formerly niche projects already emrged under a larger organization, such as GNU, Apache, Mozilla, or Google.
Try http://www.ohloh.net/ [ohloh.net] instead.

Re:Freshmeat, Freecode, ... (1)

Arthur Dent '99 (226844) | about 7 months ago | (#47285739)

I just checked out Ohloh for the first time. While it does look like it could be very useful, it's not really the same approach as Freecode.

I like that Ohloh actually downloads the source code of the projects that it indexes, and then allows you to search through all that source code on its site. In that respect, it does far more than Freecode ever did. (Although honestly, I'm not sure that I'd ever need to use that feature.)

But the thing that I really enjoyed about Freecode was more of the news aspect of things: keeping up with what projects were being changed, what new features were being added or what bugs were being fixed, and discovering applications that I never thought about before, simply because they appeared in the news feed. It was kind of like checking the pulse of the open source movement, and/or letting serendipity guide you into finding something cool. Ohloh really makes you dig if you want to find something, though (there's no predefined category tree that I can see, you just search by keywords), and you can't really see what projects changed today and what those changes were.

Wireshark fixed a security flaw? They'd post a brief description to Freecode. Now I know that I need to download the latest version. Somebody just released a program that teaches sorting methods through audiovisualization? I never thought about that before, but that's pretty cool, I'll check it out. That's the kind of thing that you can't currently find on Ohloh. I don't want to be notified about every single commit to every project I'm interested in; just when they release something important. When they did something important, they'd post a description of it to Freecode, and then we'd all know. It was cool. It was more about sharing, and less about searching. If that makes sense.

I hope another site can become the pulse of open source like Freecode was, and not merely just another searchable directory out there that nobody uses.

Static? A news site? WTF? (1)

dbc (135354) | about 7 months ago | (#47264721)

OK, so Freshmeat... er Freecode was a site with an up-to-the-minute listing of the latest source updates. It's value was in the freshness. And the site is going static.... *boggle*... what part of this am I not getting? A static version of Freecode is a waste of a good IPV4 address.

Re:Static? A news site? WTF? (1)

turgid (580780) | about 7 months ago | (#47265829)

what part of this am I not getting?

It's a sign of the times.

Most people just do a "sudo apt-get install" now or click on "Install" in the update manager.

FOSS is mature in that it has a boring, straight-laced, conformist main-stream that caters to 99.9% of the public's needs with unsurprising conventional applications.

We have become institutionalised and the cutting edge has been blunted.

Release the freecode code (3, Interesting)

forrie (695122) | about 7 months ago | (#47265007)

Sad to see it go, it's been a staple for me, for many years.

I don't see much value in a static version of Freecode - I mean, it has reference value, but why bother? I still see the function itself as a valuable resource; I don't particularly care for sourceforge.net or its layout. How about they open source the Freecode code, so that someone else can consider using it.

Well (1)

ledow (319597) | about 7 months ago | (#47265035)

So you've managed to kill off Freshmeat (first with a stupidly unnecessary name-change, then allowing crappy "Download Button" ads on a download site, now by removing it's only purpose).

What the hell do you have planned for Slashdot next?

How about, rather than destroying these venerable brands, you actually try and USE THEM rather than let them slide into obscurity?

So now where? (2)

Jeremi (14640) | about 7 months ago | (#47265381)

I wrote and maintain an open-source library whose primary purpose is to support the software that I write for my employer. Because of that, I need to keep the primary copy of the library's source code in my employer's SVN server.

However, I also like to keep the library's source available for public use (BSD licensed, with my employer's permission). Traditionally I've been doing that by creating a .zip file containing the source code of each new release, uploading that .zip file to my public web server, and posting a release announcement on Freecode.com.

If Freecode.com can no longer play that announcement/indexing role for future releases, where should I post release notices to instead? It seems like github.com and sourceforge.net assume that all source code will be hosted by their own source-code-management servers, which isn't a good option for me. Just posting them to my own little web page seems insufficient.

Re:So now where? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47266265)

You don't need to host the code repo on SourceForge

Re:So now where? (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 7 months ago | (#47267315)

You also can upload release files to SourceForge. I see nothing in their usage terms that requires you to host the code repositories on their servers; it's just the default to do so.

Re:So now where? (1)

hobarrera (2008506) | about 7 months ago | (#47268525)

Why can't you mirror the repository into github, and update it just after every release?

Screw Dice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47265899)

I swear Dice are owned by the corporate droids at Apple and the Rockstar consortium who are attempting to kill off the Gnu/Linux Rebels alongside the Win32 *I refuse to use Metro' rebels and Android Raiders! When Cmdr Taco & Linus Torvalds along with RMS dies I say this ' This house of Github will become a shrine for Geeks, WinNuts and Droids as they gather around in sorrow of their fallen leaders and proclaim Have you Heard RMS is dead, The people's Hacker is Dead!'...

Advance Notice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47266533)

Should we assume that SourceForge will give a similar amount of advance notice to its users?

I guess I should be happy, though, that there's now one fewer item on my release checklist.

Captcha: winced

Freecode/Freshmeat replacement? Simple? (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | about 7 months ago | (#47268905)

We all used it as a way to learn about what had just come out, and discover new useful projects by watching/browsing interesting looking items on the feed. All it really was is an aggregator of update feeds... So lets build a new (RSS) aggregator/planet and reach out to the old Freshmeat projects/users to get them to move over?

If the functionality is pared right down it shouldn't even need logins or any of that stuff. Just make RSS links clearly visible and say to people "hey if you want to follow this project specifically, here's the link for your RSS reader!".

Re:Freecode/Freshmeat replacement? Simple? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47269043)

As someone who wrote and maintains a feed reader, I implore you to use Atom instead. RSS is such a PITA.

Pain in the RSS (1)

tepples (727027) | about 7 months ago | (#47269269)

Don't you mean pain in the RSS? I've seen plenty of RSS icons that look like they say "ASS".

Re:Freecode/Freshmeat replacement? Simple? (2)

boorack (1345877) | about 7 months ago | (#47269383)

I used to publish releases of my software on freecode.com, so I'm quite angry about this. Actually, every time I've published release on freecode.com, traffic to my project site increased substantially, so I conclude 'lack of traffic' is a bunch of lies spewed by Dice corporate drones and real purpose is just to kill it off and block independent developers.

Freshmeat did one thing and did it well. Now I cannot find alternative sites that would do this in similiar way - so called 'alternatives' are either ad-ridden to the point of being useless or are not maintained on regular basis. If anyone knows similar and useful site, please let me know.

I would ask Dice if they would donate freshmeat.net domain name to a group of people interested in recreating something like this. It would expose their intentions quite clearly. Should they refuse -> they're interested in killing off this site regardless of costs/utility/users/etc. (and this would implicate that their 'lack of traffic' is propably a lie).

Maybe asking some well managed companies like Github if they're interested in filling this market niche would be another solution.

Anyway, if there is enough people interested in recreating such index, I'm ready to donate some of my time and effort (granted that no company is interested in this and no real alternatives do exist).

Ask Github folks to implement alternative (1)

boorack (1345877) | about 7 months ago | (#47270029)

I've just looked at github 'release' feature and I see that they implement it without much effort if they choose to. User can add release notes to particular tag and add binaries to download. Missing things: some summary page with releases, RSS/Atom feeds, tags for projects (eg. Java, Monitoring, CRM, Perl etc.) and versions (eg. Beta, Stable, Minor etc.), screenshots. My perception is that this can be fairly natural extension to their current feature set, fairly easy to implement. At least some of these features are not crucial and can be implemented separately. Lack of money from such features might be the only obstacle. I'm now writing 'feature request' e-mail to their support and I encourage everyone interested to do the same. Inform them that freshmeat.net is now dead and specify features you would like to have. Let's see how they'll react.

Any other site that does what Freecode did? (1)

rklrkl (554527) | about 7 months ago | (#47270883)

Freecode was useful to simply find out what new/updated software (sometimes not always free, hmmm...) had been recently released regardless of where the code is hosted. Is there any other site that provides such a list in date order? Suggesting Sourceforge as an alternative isn't great (I can't find a list of date-ordered project releases - not individual files, which are in one of their RSS feeds - on the Sourceforge site).

What if I told you... (1)

Triode (127874) | about 7 months ago | (#47277439)

I have access to a very large internet connection, and an array of servers. I would like to host something like that so it does not just die off. Do we think the community could do that? What would be needed would be some coder(s) to work on the front end and db. Unless of course Dice wants to fork ove the code (unlikely). I could think of a good domain name and just do it. Hell, I have an array of domain names as it is...

Anyone up for it?

A sad day (1)

jeff.covey (1591) | about 7 months ago | (#47278247)

I worked at freshmeat for fifteen years, and was surprised and saddened by today's news. I wrote down a few thoughts, if anyone would benefit from some behind-the-scenes perspective: http://jeffcovey.net/2014/06/1... [jeffcovey.net]
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