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 to prevent another data loss situation.
- JSON-based database exchange feeds and defining releases.json.
- Automated release updates from VCS systems and project websites.
- No commercial ads, no tracking cookies.
The project name freshcode.club is an amalgamation of freshmeat and freecode. 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