By now, you've all had time to wander through freshmeat ][ and get the
lay of the land. You've found your way around the Trove category
system we've adopted, and many of you have recategorized your projects
to fit into the Trove map, so people browsing through it will find your
work. (Those of you who haven't are heartily encouraged to use the
"recategorize" function on the project menu on your project's
page. :) You may have noticed that there are categories available for
software that runs on several operating systems, and that one of them
is for PalmOS projects.
If you look at the PalmOS
category, you'll see that a few projects have already been added
to it. This notice is here to announce that we are officially
welcoming PalmOS software into freshmeat.
Why do we want to do this?
Well, a large percentage (perhaps a large majority) of you use Palm
devices all the time. Many of you write PalmOS software. It makes
sense to include it.
But there are already several sites that let you search for PalmOS
software and which announce new software. Why do we want to add
another one to the mix?
A few reasons, at least:
- We don't see any PalmOS software indexes which are geared toward
The ones that are out there now don't tell you where to go to
join the project's mailing list, to check out its CVS branch,
Most don't provide a comments section with each project where
users (and authors) can discuss the project, report bugs, and
help one another with problems.
- Although we accept projects which are available under any
license, people most closely associate us with Free/Open Source
software. A freshmeat catalog of PalmOS software is different
from a reallytrulywonderfulpalmware.com catalog just by virtue
of the character of freshmeat. It will be a more
hacker-oriented catalog, and one that will be used as a tool in
the development of PalmOS software, not just as a set of links
that are useful to the end users of it.
It may even help promote the development of open code and APIs
for Palm devices, though whether effort should be put into
writing open code for a closed OS is something you can debate
amongst yourselves... :)
- We happen to like our interface, and think that we provide more
-- and hopefully more accurate -- information, in better and
more concise writing, than many of the alternatives.
Do I have to see PalmOS Software on freshmeat?
Absolutely not. If you go to the preferences page for your account,
you can add the PalmOS category to the list of those that you want to
be excluded from your search results and your version of the freshmeat
news page, and you'll never even know that it's here.
Hey, what about... ?
Before the comments board gets going about it, let me make a
preemptive strike about something that may occur to you.
You may say to yourself, "Huh... Look what else is here in the OS
categories... Several varieties of Unix, MacOS, and... Hey! Several
varieties of Windows! And those categories have projects in them!
I'm going to submit my Windows taskbar weather applet!"
No, sorry; I'm afraid not. We would just delete it. Even if we had
the staff to keep thousands and thousands of Unix project records
and thousands and thousands of Windows project records up to
date, Windows software is just not who we are, and there are plenty of
Windows download sites around if you need them.
So why do we have some Windows software in our database? Well, we
do allow some things in if they meet one of two conditions. We'll
accept a project if it:
- is a Windows branch of an application that's also available for
Unix systems. In other words, if it only runs on Windows, we're
not going to include it. If it runs on Windows, Linux, and
Solaris, we will.
- is used for Unix-Windows interoperation. In other words, if
it's a defragmenter for NT partitions, we don't want it. If
it lets you access NT partitions from Linux, we do.
So get busy...
If you've written Palm code that you want to have shouted from the
rooftops, submit it! If there's an app on your Pilot that you
couldn't live without, let everybody know about it. If there are
PalmOS development tools that you use all the time, get them in there.
If we don't list your favorite Palm emulator or desktop sync app, obey
the submit link that's calling out to you. We're looking forward to
learning what you have to teach us.