Posts Tagged ‘SourceForge’

Good News – Sourceforge Stops Bundling Adware with Installers

Friday, February 19th, 2016

This is good news indeed … but it also sounds like Sourceforge has a way to go before it can effectively restore user trust.

Sourceforge, once the go-to site for open source project management, has experienced a rough time in recent years thanks to the rise of competing services like GitHub, but also because of the DevShare program and placement of advertisement on the site. Projects hosted on SourceForge could apply for the DevShare program to bundle adware with project installers for the Windows operating system.

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Popular Software Projects Leave Sourceforge

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Granted, all commercial websites need some means of generating income … but it’s also good to keep in mind that one can push a monetization strategy a bit too far.

The software project hosting website Sourceforge started to offer a new monetization option to projects hosted on the site in mid-2013 when it introduced install-wrappers which enabled projects to add third-party offers to installers on Windows to earn revenue from software installations. The move back then was controversial but opt-in which meant that only select downloads on the site were wrapped in the installer.

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Sourceforge Adds Adware Installers to Abandoned Projects (and then Removes them Again)

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Sourceforge used to be a good place to download freeware and experimental programs (but it sounds like those days might be over.)

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.

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SourceForge’s New Installer Bundles Program Downloads with Adware

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

This pretty much explains why a lot of people just don’t trust installer programs …

If you have been downloading programs from SourceForge in the last days, you may have noticed that some do not provide you with direct downloads of the programs anymore. Instead, you download something called SourceForge Installer which bundles the software with third party offers used for monetization.

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