ESR Mulls Replacing freecode

The closure of FreeCode has sparked a discussion on ESR’s blog.“We want a central place where people can post project release announcements so other people can monitor and search release activity, which also serves as a searchable index of project metadata. The project’s main view is to be a timeline of recent release announcements.” ESR lists some ideas like keeping it simple and avoiding some mistakes that FreeCode may have made to lose traffic. Commentators kick around several ideas for features, ways and means.

The concept is interesting. Distros do a lot of similar things as does Sourceforge, GitHub and Distrowatch. A site specializing in distributing release-announcements could have a niche. On the one hand, with the millions of projects that might use the service, the site might be too busy to be useful. On the other hand, a good search engine might make the site scale well. Perhaps Google could provide the searching function.

On using PHP for the site, ESR wrote, “Sorry, but for a project like this I won’t touch PHP with a 20-foot pole. Too ugly, too hard to maintain.”

Ah yes. He has opinions. I’d agree with him that any C-like language is ugly and too hard to maintain. That’s why he should use PASCAL… 😉

See Replacing freecode: a proposal.

About Robert Pogson

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3 Responses to ESR Mulls Replacing freecode

  1. DrLoser, with an inflated ego he thinks entitles him to tell people what to think, do and say, wrote, “There is absolutely no need for a sub-optimal grab-bag of badly coded crap like Freshmeat to exist, renamed or not.”

    Of course folks whose way of life is threatened deny reality. Folks who need/want FLOSS will benefit by a single directory rather than several others. GitHub and SourceForge are huge but they still don’t house all FLOSS. The concept here is to create a directory of everything, a one-stop shop for information. Having a single data-structure more or less complete will certainly make searching for FLOSS easier, faster and more sure.

  2. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser github its not an option due to it containing developer working copies. Same with using a google search. But there are other indexs.

    Freecode/Freshmeat owner suggest listing on sourceforge(yes this makes odd sense but it does not allow closed source).
    Ohloh also forbids closed source listing and provides a related service to freecode.
    alternativeto.net
    wikipedia
    Are about the two left unbiased on code base listing locations.

    We have been watching a over time reduction.

  3. DrLoser says:

    First, let’s be clear about the problem we’re solving. We want a central place where people can post project release announcements so other people can monitor and search release activity, which also serves as a searchable index of project metadata. The project’s main view is to be a timeline of recent release announcements.

    We need this, why? Just so that ESR can stroke his massive ego, without actually putting the legwork in to make it happen?

    Sorry, Robert. We have GitHub. We have search engines. There is absolutely no need for a sub-optimal grab-bag of badly coded crap like Freshmeat to exist, renamed or not.

    Now, if I could access teh codez to something like, I dunno, iconv in the distro of my choice, say Gentoo, at a release of my choosing, say one in 2005 … that would have value.

    It’s a pressing matter. After all, this need cuts directly into the reason that the Four Freedoms and the GPL exist.

    Go on. Tell me where I start looking.

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