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PalmOS Software on freshmeat

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:

  1. We don't see any PalmOS software indexes which are geared toward development. 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, etc. 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.
  2. 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 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... :)
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Recent comments

05 Apr 2002 15:27 Avatar mysidia

Re: Agenda
% If freshmeat wants to support PDAs, then
> it support PDA's running a form of
> Unix first and closed source OS's like
> PalmOS last?

No, it shouldn't. Or why should it?

I see no reason that Freshmeat should be biased to any particular OS.. it is after all, an index of software.
Worthwhile things for any OS should be indexed, and it is good to have appropriate categories.

I agree good to support Agenda. But Unix doesn't deserve any special treatment here IMO.

04 Mar 2002 02:32 Avatar Velhyven

Why not?
I use freshmeat as a free software database like everybody else here.
If you go browse applications, you will see a section "Operating system". Why Freshmeat ][ shouldn't put PalmOS in it?
By the way, most sites I've seen for PalmOS don't offer high quality freewares as I can see here...

So, IMHO, it's great to find PalmOS freewares on Freshmeat ][

18 Jul 2001 19:04 Avatar jeffcovey

Re: Agenda
The Agenda runs on Linux. Programs written for it will be written for
Linux. Obviously, these will fit perfectly on freshmeat. Why do you
even need to ask?

10 Jul 2001 21:01 Avatar KrisJohnson

Re: Agenda
The Agenda community doesn't need Freshmeat's
support; they already have a development community
and some sites that categorize and publicize the

07 Jul 2001 11:37 Avatar straylight


If freshmeat wants to support PDAs, then shouldn't
it support PDA's running a form of Unix first and closed source OS's like PalmOS last?

Because you're including PalmOS, you now should also include the worlds first Linux powered PDA, Agenda. (


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