[Bglug] SourceForge delivering adware

Brad Rodriguez brad at bradrodriguez.com
Thu May 28 08:13:04 EDT 2015

I saw this on Ars Technica.  At this point I'd say that SourceForge
should be considered a "last resort" for downloading open-source
software for Windows.  Go to the project web site instead.  As far as I
know, similar crapware installers do not exist for Linux, but I still
intend to avoid SourceForge as much as possible.  Such behavior should be
actively discouraged!

SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows’ account, wraps installer in
bundle-pushing adware [Updated]

"SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has
apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the
service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the
GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone
downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool
from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with

...The majority of these projects are hosted directly by SourceForge
as-is, with no ad-driven installers. However, the GIMP for Windows
installer is hosted through the goodbundlecenter.com content delivery
network—a service with a domain registered through the Israeli registrar
Galcomm's privacy protection service."

Read the whole thing.
brad at bradrodriguez.com

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