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Freecode logo.png
Type of site
Available in English only
Created by Patrick Lenz (scoop)
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Current status Unmaintained archive

Freecode, formerly Freshmeat, is a website owned by BIZX, Inc. It helped people find software and keep track of the latest releases and updates. Among other things, the site also hosted user reviews and discussions. A majority of the software covered is open source for Unix-like systems, although Freecode also covered releases of closed-source, commercial and cross-platform software[1] on Mac OS X and handhelds. Freecode was notable for its age, having started in 1997[2][3] as the first web-based aggregator of software releases.[citation needed]

The site was renamed from "Freshmeat" to "Freecode" on October 29, 2011,[1] and in September 2012, Dice Holdings acquired the website from Geeknet.[4][5]

Purportedly as a result of low traffic levels, the site is no longer being updated as of June 18, 2014. Because many of the linked software projects are otherwise difficult to find, the site contents have been kept online.[3][6] After Open Source Initiative co-founder Eric S. Raymond called for a replacement,[7] was created and is accepting submissions.[8] However, Open Hub also lists open source projects and already offers more information on projects than Freecode.[citation needed]

On January 27, 2016, Freecode was sold, along with SourceForge and Slashdot, to current owners BIZX, Inc.[9] The site remains in its archived state, but some discussion is on going to restore it.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "About Freecode". 2011-10-31. Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  2. ^ "What's in a name?". 2011-10-29. Archived from the original on October 31, 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b ", 1997-2014". 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Dice Holdings buys Geeknet websites for $20M". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Slashdot, SourceForge, FreeCode sold to jobs site company". 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  6. ^ "About Freecode". 2014-06-19. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Replacing freecode: a proposal". 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  8. ^ " wants to replace Freecode". 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  9. ^ "Slashdot Media Acquired by BIZX for Undisclosed Price | San Diego Business Journal". Retrieved 2016-06-08. 
  10. ^ "The State of SourceForge Since Its Acquisition in January • /r/sysadmin". reddit. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 

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