May 30, 2015

Marvelous, Sourceforge

I'm not a big one for Open Source, but I have been known to use it now and again. Word is that SourceForge has started wrapping their download packages with adware. Who knows what else is in there, eh?

In the Metafilter thread where I learned of this, someone also posted that uTorrent has started to do this, too. I bet that's why BakaBT doesn't allow any of the new versions of uTorrent.

UPDATE: I'm also getting tired of Adobe updates trying to impose McAfee on me, or Bing Bar, or Google Chrome, or any of a dozen other packages I want nothing to do with.

UPDATE: uTorrent 3.4.2 stealth-installed a bitcoin miner.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 04:16 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 The Ad-based model hasn't ever actually worked for anyone on the internet except Google and Yahoo (sort of).
uTorrent's modern clients are as much a service provider as a download client.  It's highly bloated, and that's before the cruft was added.   I switched to qBittorrent a while ago and I'm very pleased with it.
Open Source software is great, but it's only survives if either it provides a business service-side option (i.e. RedHat) or it has a dedicated fanbase that produces college students willing to write code for it.  (i.e. MKV and a lot of the h.264 codecs)   One of the fascinating things about video on the Internet is that most of the "work" was done by about 5 coders.   The ability to produce perfect copies of programs is the true wonder of Internet & Computer technology.

Posted by: sqa at May 30, 2015 05:06 PM (bR6iN)

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In some cases I've seen you're given an opt-out choice, but the wording is deliberately obscure and confusing, giving you a chance of saying "yes" when you meant "no".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 30, 2015 05:12 PM (+rSRq)

3 Pfft.  That's piker stuff, Steven.  One of those--and I think it might be uTorrent--gives you a yes/no "please install this awesome package" radio set, and the no option is grayed out (but it's just colored that way, it's not actually disabled) so you'll think you can't say no.
SF's been wrapping some installers for 2 years now, although there's always a (somewhat hidden) non-wrapped installer.  The thing they're doing now that sucks is they've taken over abandoned accounts like FileZilla and Firefox and are wrapping THOSE installers with adware.

Posted by: RickC at May 30, 2015 05:37 PM (0a7VZ)

4 It's a plague. Java tries to install the Ask toolbar, even when you're just getting the latest security patches. Download.com tries to install something with every single file.

I had to drop uTorrent for Deluge when I set up my new PC last Christmas.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 30, 2015 06:29 PM (PiXy!)

5 An update to the link confirms uTorrent's claim that it's not a silent install.

Posted by: muon at May 31, 2015 08:00 PM (MpHlJ)

6 Even so, it's still a pretty sleazy thing to do.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 31, 2015 10:21 PM (+rSRq)

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