Jacquard is a Web-database integration toolkit, written as a Java Servlet package. It is designed to make it extremely easy to build two- and three-tier client-server applications which will be completely portable to any hardware platform and operating system which supports a Java 1.2-compliant JVM or a JDBC 2.0-compliant database management system, or any Web server or Web Application Server which supports the JSDK 2.0 API.
PRES (the Press Release System) is a simple content management system, essentially targeted at producing a news and information site. Managing a PRES system is designed to be simple, but presentation is sophisticated and flexible. An elementary knowledge of IT would be useful, but expertise in designing and managing Web sites is not a requirement. PRES can be used for anything from private "blogging" to corporate news systems. It is a Java WebApp and works with Tomcat.
DealerSys is a retail e-commerce system for businesses which do not fit mainstream e-commerce systems. It is designed to handle unique and one off items, items sold by weight, length, area, or volume, items with multiple variants, and items with negotiable price. It deals with multiple currencies, and can automatically calculate shipping charges for different sized consignments to different destinations globally. It provides customer relationship management, automatically mailing customers when new items and content are added to categories in which they are interested.
Fisherman is a system for managing and monitoring the sustainable exploitation of wild or communally owned natural resources, such as fish, shellfish, wild game, timber, or firewood. It was originally developed for and modelled on the Solway Shellfish Management Association, which manages extraction of shellfish from the Scottish shore of the Solway Firth. Fisherman is widely applicable to situations where a natural resource is sustainably managed.
Why Freshmeat is not like Slashdot
Slashdot is typically used to view what's happening now; 'old' slashdot stories are relatively rarely referenced. By contrast, interest in software may peak when it's first announced, but will trickle on indefinitely, and the really good stuff will grow (by word of mouth) a steadily rising amount of interest.
So a simple adoption of the Slashdot moderation system would not work. This doesn't mean that some contributions aren't more useful than others, or that some contributors aren't more useful than others. But the appearance of usefulness to the people who watch the flow of announcements on Freshmeat may not reflect the true long term usefulness a piece software. What would be better would be a rating system, possibly a multi-dimensional one - so that people who downloaded software could later come back and rate it, perhaps 1 - 10 on each of usefulness, power, ease of installation, and documentation. Scores would be averaged.
You could then prioritise search by saying you prefer things which are easy to install over things which are powerful, or vice versa, depending on your needs.
Final thought -- things which are trivial are not necessarily not useful. My Instant Firewall (/projects/instantfirewall) script is pretty trivial, but it gets a fair few downloads, ansd judging by the feedback I get people find it useful.