Way back when it was still in fashion (no religious wars please) to read your news in a newsreader, freshmeat.net was one of the few sites that distributed its articles and release announcements via the wonders of NNTP. And we still do that today (with a minor interruption when we moved datacenters).
But that was then and this is now. Nowadays people use RSS readers to keep tabs on their favorite sites and freshmeat.net readers are no different. In fact, our newsserver has so little traffic that we have collectively decided that the cost of maintenance to keep this service up is not justified by the usage it gets.
Therefore I herely officially announce the retirement of the news.freshmeat.net newsgroups effective July 15th, 2008.
Stronger offerings of RSS-based subscriptions will be made available over the course of this year.
Thank you for your continued support.