[RndTbl] SourceForge pulling a CNet download.com boneheaded move?
wyatt at magitech.ca
Fri Jun 5 10:57:36 CDT 2015
I saw this a couple days ago. Not surprising really, sourceforge has felt a
bit scummy for a while now, but I first really ran into it when trying to
download filezilla, by default you get the "sourceforge download manager
application". It didn't give me any adware/malware, but it's very unnerving
when the exe you download isn't the program you wanted.
I avoid sourceforge these days, and with the number of ads and false
download buttons I won't use it unless I can't get a program anywhere else.
On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 10:52 AM, Gilles Detillieux <
grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca> wrote:
> Have any of you heard about SourceForge's recent takeover/highjacking of
> GIMP for Windows and Nmap? This was a bit of a shocker to me. It seems to
> be a way of forcing the inclusion of adware in downloads, for popular
> projects that don't agree to it.
> https://plus.google.com/+gimp/posts/cxhB1PScFpe - GIMP
> http://seclists.org/nmap-dev/2015/q2/194 - Nmap
> The beginning of the end for a former open source champion? So sad when
> short-term thinking takes over.
> Gilles R. Detillieux E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
> Spinal Cord Research Centre WWW: http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
> Dept. of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Faculty of Health Sciences,
> Univ. of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 (Canada)
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