Free code (until October 2011 called Fresh Meat ) is a service for application development and claims to be the largest directory of the global network (English Web) preferably in the range Unix and cross-platform applications. The service is evaluated by a network community, supervised, revised and expanded.

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Approximately 56 percent (as of January 2006) notified to Free code applications are subject to the provisions of the so-called GNU General Public License. The service is not restricted to certain approvals ( licenses), so that applications in the public domain or public - are next to it as freeware, shareware, and payware represented ( from the English pay ware about for " affordable goods") - a so-called open source. One condition is that the applications offered are run on Unix-like operating systems.

After registering on the side of the service it is possible to be informed by daily news (in the form of a newsletter ) on the news, or even actively to discuss via IRC chat or directly on the page, on the applications.

The total number of registered companies or development projects (english projects) amounts to about 43,000, and so far nearly 217,000 published applications. (As of December 2007)

The service is powered by Free Code, the company Dice Holdings.