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Open Source Software....SourceForge Unsafe...


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#1 Condobloke

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 06:03 PM

http://www.howtogeek.com/218764/warning-don%E2%80%99t-download-software-from-sourceforge-if-you-can-help-it/


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Posted 07 June 2015 - 06:07 PM

For FileZilla, if you go to the link below, you won't get bundled installers.

https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?show_all=1

From the main webpage, click on "Download FileZilla Client All Platform", then "Show additional download options" at the bottom of the next one. I downloaded the latest installer and saved it on the shared drive for all our programs at work, can't be bothered to redownload it from SourceForge every single time. A real shame that such a good program accepted to take part in that.

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 06:08 PM

Sneaky underhanded dishonest breach of trust, And it will spell the death of source forge.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:01 PM

When downloading anything from SourceForge, I only choose stand-alone zipped versions.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:18 PM

Sourceforge adds adware-installers to abandoned projects (and removes them again)

Sourceforge, a prominent project hosting website, began to wrap some software downloads on the site in installers that included unrelated third-party offers.

This new way of delivering downloads to users affected only program downloads of projects where the admin of the project enabled the option.

Several popular program hosted on Sourceforge, the ftp client FileZilla for instance, have been offered primarily with download wrappers ever since.

It is clear however that the majority of projects on Sourceforge are not making use of download wrappers. I checked the first three pages of the site's top apps listing and found that most don't use download wrappers right now.

...It is clear that Sourceforge is in full damage control mode after the story broke and while it removed wrappers from downloads, it did not hand over accounts to previous owners.


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