Gspot is a control panel for cDc's Back Orifice. As of 2.0, Gspot requires GTK+ 1.2. Gspot was written using cDc's original Unix client sources, only the front end has really changed. Right now Gspot has all of the capabilities of cDc's client for MS Windows, but also allows cut-and-paste, better layout, session saving and command scripting.
InitScripts VPN Extensions consists of two packages that will allow you to easily implement VPNs using PPP over SSH or PPTP. They are both integrated into the initscripts style of interface control, so a simple 'ifup vpn0' will bring up a VPN connection, and no additional SUID root applications are required. The SSH package implements both client and server functions. The PPTP package provides only the client functions.
Who's Paying for This? is a Python app for payment share calculation. It simplifies the task of figuring out what share of the grocery bills each of roommate is obligated to pay when some items are not used by all roommates. Just launch the script with each person's name as a command line argument and you'll get a GUI. Type in the name of the item on the receipt, the price of the item, check the boxes for the people who are paying for the given item, and click the button to add it to the list. The program keeps a running count, and lists the price paid for individual items.
BindConfig is a tool to reduce the error prone work of maintaining BIND's zone files. More precisely, BindConfig is the name of a Python module that can read BIND's zone files and named.conf files, and can modify and save BIND's zone files in a concise format. It is distributed with an interactive shell that can be used to easily modify records in a zone file.
In the GNU spirit of freedom, I say _YES_. Let them in.
I've never seen any kind of mission statement, or statement of intent for freshmeat, as long as I can remember visiting this site. It's always seemed to me to be a repository for software announcements. Nothing exclusionary in that. The appindex has options for commercially licensed software, so I never got the impression that they would be left out. (Although, I never got the impression that they cared enough to post here...)
Another freshmeat reader suggested that we ask the freshmeat maintainers what freshmeat is about. Aren't the freshmeat crew giving us what we want? Is our focus to ask what we are to be given, or to tell the maintainers what we'd like? And how can you support open source, and then restrict how this site is used? I believe that such arbitrary restrictions would be contrary to the freedoms that open source is supposed to insure.
And, listening to those who don't want to see commercial software or software that isn't available for their OS, why not go for a bit of dynamic content. Have a field of checkboxes in appindex submissions that indicate what OS the submitted software runs on. If you don't want to filter that on a per member basis, then perhaps a set of links in the upper right hand corner of the page that are OS specific (that is, a link for each OS that would display only software for that OS). Those who harbor deep resentment for any given OS can bookmark their own favorite OS specific area of the site.