Better display, several freshmeats
Freshmeat should at least include **all** software that is available with the source.
To have several servers, like:
- www.freshmeat.net for the merge of all the other servers:
- unix.freshmeat.net for all that is about Unix in general
- windows.freshmeat.net for all that is about Windows in general
- linux.freshmeat.net why not ? a sub-part of unix.freshmeat.net
- documentation.freshmeat.net for everything that isn't software (editorial, trainings, technical, ...)
- short.freshmeat.net to get only the sum ups of each day (like you do currently in the right part of the screen : just the title of the softwares) but for every kind of platform. For instance, if we do the previous division, there would be several columns, one for unix, with inside maybe in different colors the different flavours of unices, another for windows, another one for documentation,...
For Unix, you would issue an announce for each supported platform. Example : for cdrecord, you would post/display the same announce in the windows/unix/linux servers. (only one announce, but displayed several times).
And if the concept of several servers doesn't suit you, then record a profile via a cookie so that the user when he comes on freshmeat, get straightly what he wants.
By extending this idea, you could do a kind of "my_freshmeat.net", where the user could modify its profile via a form HTML page, and filter straightly on the server the software he wants/doesn't want to be displayed.
One more point : why do you display all software the same? I've myself been "trapped" several times, reading the short description, going to the page, finding the software very good, and then... arghhh it's not free! If you would display the black caption with a different color, according to the licence type, (green for GPL, red for commercial, grey for free is not commercial use...) the readability would be better. And it can be done quite easily with CSS.
Freshmeat is a great site, but the great number of posts each day makes it very hard to read. It still needs more structure to remain a very useful site, unless you decide to restrict it to only GPL software for Unix, which would not be a good thing...