[freshcode.club](http://freshcode.club/) is a reimplementation of FreshMeat/FreeCode, which shut down in June 2014. It's intended to become a community-driven website again.
It's initially also a lookalike. Yet it's planned to differentiate the feature set and provide different frontends with shared datasets. A few notable design differences are:
* No forced user accounts, just OpenID logins.
* All content is [licensed under CC-BY-SA](wiki/content+license) to prevent another data loss situation.
* JSON-based database exchange feeds and defining [releases.json](wiki/releases.json).
* [Automated release updates](wiki/Autoupdate) from VCS systems and project websites.
* No commercial ads, no tracking [cookies](wiki/Privacy).
The project name [**freshcode.club**](http://freshcode.club/) is an amalgamation of [**fresh**meat](http://freshmeat.club/) and [free**code**](http://freshcode.club/). Both domains have been reserved as placeholders for partner projects or varied frontends. With the new `.club` TLD signalising a more community-inclusive direction.
### Is Freshmeat still needed?
FM shut down because
* It saw fewer and fewer contributions and visitors over the years.
* Staff investments for Dice outdid the ads income.
Distribution package managers made Freshmeat somewhat irrelevant for end users. (The "year of Linux" was 2008, btw, and a large part of our user base are non-programmers nowadays.)
Yet not all projects have made it, nor will they ever, as not everything is suited for distribution listings. Many programming libraries and one-off utilities have no place there.
And that is the intended target audience of the revived **freshcode.club**