Image Editor GIMP Abandons SourceForge Over Adware-Wrapped Installers

Image Editor GIMP Abandons SourceForge Over Adware-Wrapped Installers

You know you might have a problem when one of the most popular pieces of open source software decides it no longer wants anything to do with you. This is the situation SourceForge now finds itself in, with the developers behind GIMP announcing that the Windows binaries for its prolific image editor will no longer be hosted on the service.

Image: GIMP

Admittedly, SourceForge won’t suddenly collapse in a heap over the decision, but it doesn’t do much for its reputation, especially when you consider why GIMP’s developers made the move to self-host the Windows version of the program.

According to a post on the GIMP homepage, it was a combination of SourceForge’s allegedly deceptive advertising practices and its policy of wrapping Windows installers with adware that prompted the action:

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 [sic] 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.

Again, GIMP’s decision probably won’t make a difference to SourceForge’s numbers, but it has at least made me reconsider downloading software from what was once a trusted source beyond reproach.

GIMP Windows installers move from SourceForge to [GIMP via Reddit]


  • Image Editor GIMP Abandons SourceForge Over Adware-Wrapped InstallersJust lost my patronage… ☹

    • Just to check, you do realise that GIMP are moving away from SourceForge BECAUSE sourceforge (not GIMP) are wrapping the installing in Adware?

  • I noticed this a month or so ago. Any program you download has a SourceForge installer program with crapware that you can’t opt out of. Luckily, most open source projects are hosted in a few places. Avoid SourceForge like herpes.

  • Those “download now” ads that trick you into clicking an ad instead of the software you wanted seem to just be begging for a class action on misleading or deceptive conduct grounds. The law’s pretty clear on this point.

    And the big G seems to be the biggest offender sadly. You’d think they’d have learnt their lesson after the multi hundred million dollar lawsuit over the pharmaceutical ads fiasco.

  • Most FOSS software has a source repository on one of several DVCS services – primarily github or bitbucket.

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