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Old 19. Aug 2013, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone encountered the SourceForge Installer yet?
Here's some info from gHacks.net
SourceForge’s new Installer bundles program downloads with adware
Windows only right now, not all downloads.

One other thing I notice at SourceForge, they have legit older entries with no download files. This can easily confuse someone into to selecting one of the fake download buttons. For example,
I noticed their is a normal download for Gimp 2.8.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp28/

There is another entry for just 'Gimp'.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp/?source=directory
This one contains no download files.

Disable adblockers to get a better idea of what's going on.

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Old 20. Aug 2013, 08:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Reading the article it doesn't seem especially unethical, perhaps even laudable, and I don't have any issue with freeware devs trying to make money from their projects.

Having said that, I haven't come across this myself yet although I do use Sourceforge a lot.

To me transparency is the main issue - bundles shoud be obvious, explained, and easily declined, which does appear to be the case with Sourceforge.

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Old 20. Aug 2013, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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TSA Inner Circle (well, MC) has been notified about this a while ago.
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Old 20. Aug 2013, 11:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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TSA Inner Circle (well, MC) has been notified about this a while ago.
I raised this in the Planning Group on 18th July but there is a lot of other stuff going on there too at the moment.
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Old 20. Aug 2013, 03:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The big download buttons which are confusing are seen on other sites too. Most of these can be avoided by the use of ad blockers. Those who don't know about ad blockers, we should let them know. I install ad blocking add-ons and extensions for the people of whose PC I take care of.

I haven't come across Sourceforge installer yet, but if they are incorporating it, then that's a sad news. Nowadays, with CNET still going on with this, several other sites are also following suit. Recent one I saw was FreewareFiles. Although they do provide a direct download link too, but such practice is not good for the users.

With this particular issue of Gimp, from what I understand, this link:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp/

Takes you to the Gimp page on Sourceforge. It shows the links to the Gimp own site at that page, indicating that Gimp are not using Sourceforge as the main site anymore. Therefore, there might not be any files visible there.

But, for other versions, and older versions, the pages and files on Sourceforge are shown, to maintain consistency.

But again, even if download Gimp from the Gimp official site, the downloads come from Sourceforge, indicating that it's still the download host for Gimp files.

That's what my understanding is.
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Old 06. Nov 2013, 11:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Gimp (Official) Windows Installers Moved from SourceForge to ftp.gimp.org

Just a heads-up this is a notice posted (2013-11-05) at the GIMP web site, with more info on the Downloads page.

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Gimp Windows Installers Moved from SourceForge to ftp.gimp.org

In the past few months, we have received some complaints about the site where the GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms are hosted.

SourceForge, once a useful and trustworthy place to develop and host FLOSS applications, has faced a problem with the ads they allow on their sites - the green "Download here" buttons that appear on many, many adds leading to all kinds of unwanted utilities have been spotted there as well.

The tipping point was the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge.

From now on, Jernej Simončič, who provides the installer packages, uploads them to our FTP directly, and from there they will be distributed automatically to our mirrors. Please check Downloads page for updated information. http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net will remain active for the time being and direct users to the new download locations.
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Thanks for the update. Let's hope enough other developers follow suit and force them to abandon this back door garbage.
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That's a good move from Gimp ... appreciate it really.
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Comment on the Gimp move here: Was the GIMP right to leave SourceForge?
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