Freshmeat Became Freecode But Now Frozen

“Effective 2014-06-18 Freecode is no longer being updated (content may be stale)” Sometimes great ideas just don’t catch on. Freecode which was Freshmeat, an huge index of FLOSS didn’t survive evolution and has been frozen. For people like me, using Debian GNU/Linux who rarely had to find any software outside the Debian repositories, Freshmeat was unnecessary. In the old days, I checked out SourceForge many times to find stuff but that’s been happening much less often since I started using Debian with its huge repository of ~40K packages. I expect the same is true for users of Ubuntu. So, this may be an unintentional result of the success of the big distros rather than any failure of the site to work hard. If the original goal was to promote FLOSS, it was wildly successful. It’s just that when they reached success they became redundant.

See Blog – Freecode.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Freshmeat Became Freecode But Now Frozen

  1. Agent Smith wrote, “the source code for the packages comes from sites like Freshmeat, Sourceforge, Codeplex, Ohloh and others.
    If those die, the repos will follow.”

    That’s possible but with FLOSS the code can go anywhere, to GitHub or to a private server for instance.

  2. Agent Smith says:

    Yeah, but the source code for the packages comes from sites like Freshmeat, Sourceforge, Codeplex, Ohloh and others.
    If those die, the repos will follow.

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