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The GIMP Leaves SourceForge

You can no longer download the GIMP from SourceForge due to certain kinds of advertising and a new Windows installer. You can still download the GIMP from its own downloads page.

In the past few months, we have received some complaints about the site where the GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms are hosted.

SourceForge, once a useful and trustworthy place to develop and host FLOSS applications, has faced a problem with the ads they allow on their sites - the green "Download here" buttons that appear on many, many adds leading to all kinds of unwanted utilities have been spotted there as well.

The tipping point was the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge.

From now on, Jernej Simončič, who provides the installer packages, uploads them to our FTP directly, and from there they will be distributed automatically to our mirrors.

More at the GIMP
Deceptive SourceForge Adsense Ads
Image credit: The Register
Hat Tip: The Register

I have to support the GIMP developers on this one. They've clearly made the right decision.

The advertising in question is indeed deceptive. SourceForge can easily block it (as can any Adsense publisher). Just go into the ad review center and you can block each ad and also block via URLs and also the entire Adwords account.

I just did that for my own Adsense account after reading the Register's article. I'm glad I saw the article because I don't want those ads running on my blogs either. They don't serve publishers or readers well at all.

The new Windows installer is far worse than the deceptive ads and it's way, way out of line. Bundling third party offers with free and open source software is a big no-no.

What on earth was SourceForge thinking when they did that? There must be some kind of financial difficulties going on at SourceForge that pushed the site into doing this. I can't think of any other reason why they would risk the reputation of the site in such a way.

I suspect we'll be seeing a lot of other projects abandoning SourceForge very soon if they continue on this way. It's sad to see a once trusted site going down the tubes.

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