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v.laurie 08. Jun 2015 03:17 PM

Decline of SourceForge
SourceForge, once a major repository of open-source software, is no longer a reliable place for downloading. The sad story is the subject of this article

MidnightCowboy 08. Jun 2015 03:27 PM

Unfortunately this has been an ongoing issue for some time, this article being from four years ago.

The installer was discussed here two years ago.

Joe A.TT 08. Jun 2015 07:03 PM


Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy (Post 112100)
Unfortunately this has been an ongoing issue for some time...

That's true but this time SourceForge crossed another line. They were taking over abandoned projects then bundling their own installer with the download. How dirty can you get? It's a new low for them really.

See this article too:

The almighty dollar wins again.

johnvk 09. Jun 2015 07:43 PM

not dead projects, but live projects who moved


In fact, SourceForge has been doing this [bundling adware/malware] to downloads of stalwarts Apache, Audacity, LibreOffice, GIMP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, VLC Media Player, Thunderbird, VirtualBox, WordPress, and many, many others.

To do this, SourceForge has essentially taken over the management accounts of these projects -- which have mostly left SourceForge due to the fact that it hasn’t kept up in terms of features and resources -- and altered them to bundle these “offers” with their installers. SourceForge is mirroring the releases so that they appear to be current, when they’re actually dormant on SourceForge’s site.
I mean, that's precisely malware behavior. Tricking people into downloading/buying your product that has value to a very small number of people. Like 0.01%.

So sad. So is GitHub the new sourceforge (for the moment, anyway :P )

The_Blode 18. Jun 2015 04:16 PM

It's a shame. I liked SF.

Panzer 18. Jun 2015 06:27 PM

FossHub looks nice:

Cthulhux 25. Jun 2015 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by johnvk (Post 112122)
So is GitHub the new sourceforge (for the moment, anyway :P )

You missed Bitbucket. They even support Mercurial. :cool:

Epsilon 14. Sep 2015 09:32 AM

Just wondering why the developers of such long established programs like Audacity, LibreOffice, GIMP and VLC would even be sticking with SF. Would they be contracted into using SF perhaps?

It seems a pity they can't migrate their software to a better host.

Anupam 14. Sep 2015 10:11 AM

Many developers have already moved on to other hosting sites, or are hosting their own downloads.

All the names you posted there, aren't hosting their downloads on Sourceforge anymore.

Epsilon 14. Sep 2015 10:52 AM

I'm surprised SF hasn't got the message then. Not for me to judge, though perhaps their blinded by the lure of money and just don't care about the original values that SF had when first established.

My perception/conclusions may be wrong but this seems to be a trend over time with many formerly well respected websites.

Not meaning to infer anything about this website as I still hold it in high regard and trust it's moderators and software reviewers, as well as the majority of people who post here.


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