fmscore is a Perl5 program which uses the Mail::Freshmeat Perl module to parse freshmeat daily e-mail newsletters, and then rank them by interest according to highly flexible user-supplied ranking rules. Articles below a specified score will be removed from the output. fmscore is intended/suitable for use as a procmail filter.
freshmeatGrinder is more than software and more than a mailing list. It's both. The program processes the freshmeat e-mail digests and reformats it moving more interesting entries to the top, and recently-repeated entries/entries without change descriptions to the bottom. This has been hooked up to a mailing list to save you the effort of setting it up yourself. Send a message with "subscribe" in the subject to "email@example.com" to subscribe.
JFreshmeat-NNTP is the first released mini-app to use an NNTP class being developed for a Java-only NNTP-based newsreader. It connects to freshmeat's NNTP server, and retrieves the headers, displaying them in the top pane of a two-pane window. Double-clicking on a particular announcement will retrieve the text of that announcement and display it in the bottom pane. The initial class is very short, calling a general purpose newsgroup monitor class. It can be adapted to monitor any server/group very easily. Future plans for the JFreshmeat-NNTP code include SOCKS support, saving article data, persistant storage of articles, UI improvements, timed polling for monitoring updates. It may also be rolled into the general purpose newsreader as a side-feature eventually.
Surfraw (Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web) provides a Unix command line interface to a variety of popular Web search engines and sites, including Google, Altavista, Wikipedia, Babelfish, Ebay, Wayback, Research Index, Yahoo!, Slashdot, freshmeat, CPAN, dictionaries, weather, currency conversion, and many others.
whatsnewfm is a filter for the daily freshmeat newsletter. It shows only news items that you haven't seen before (so you don't have to read about every update of applications that you aren't interested in). You can also set up a list of "interesting" applications where you want to be informed of every update.