I'm sorry, but though some of the new stuff really looks good, it doesn't serve me as well as the former version - by far. I'm really dismayed about this.
The best thing about Freshmeat was filtering - I was able to get essential information about a project at a glance and then decide whether to filter it out or not (or subscribe, of course), and I could do this for all projects listed on one page, which was really convenient. Now if I try to filter something, I'm taken to the filtered projects page - now wait: Why am I filtering projects? Because I'm *NOT* interested in looking at them any further. Now when I do filter something, I'm taken to the list of things I don't want to see?! That's as counter-intuitive as it gets.
And what happened to the project abstracts? Why do I have to click on a project in order to see the most basic information? The old version had it all in one place, including links to websites - it was absolutely great as a starting point, now it just eats time I could be using for evaluation.
I used to be a regular reader/user, and I greatly appreciated your service (I apologize for not taking part in beta testing - I simply trusted you to do things right, that's what I was used to!), but now I simply can't do what I need most, and I don't have the time to jump back and forth for hours, so I'll have to stop using the site, at least regularily; I might come back if I have a precise search to do, but then, I can do this in other ways... All this is really, really sad, I found so many useful pieces of software here over the years.
Style ain't everything. Modernity ain't, either. Usability counts! All those changes may be in the spirit of Web2.0 as much as you like, but they're not helpful. Why things may not stay simple in a no-nonsense, straightforward way if they're working and useful will elude me forever. But I'll stop whining now (as you may perceive it); all that remains is to wish you all the best. I'll have to find other ways to get tips for new software.