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What happened to SourceForge?

What happened to SourceForge?

Sourceforge was once one of the most popular sites for distributing open source software. Then for a while there were dark times when they included adware. Reportedly they've cut that out, but the damage to their reputation was done. Almost no-one publishes to them any more, I expect the place is a ghost town. [4]

What's the deal with SourceForge? For many years, Sourceforge (launched in 1999) has been a major site for developing and distributing open-source software. Recently they've started bundling malicious software such as adware/spyware/toolbars with program installers. [5]

Also question is, Why is SourceForge so bad? SourceForge isn’t behaving badly anymore. “SourceForge are (sic) abusing the trust that we and our users had put into their service in the past,” according to the GIMP project. Since 2013, SourceForge has been bundling junkware along with their installers — sometimes without a developer’s permission. [8]

Secondly, Does SourceForge still have projects of the month? Since 2002, SourceForge has featured a pair of Projects of the Month, one chosen by its community and the other by its staff, but these have not been updated since December 2020. , the SourceForge repository hosted more than 300,000 projects and had more than 3 million registered users, although not all were active. [0]

Then, What happened to SourceForge and DevShare? After SourceForge was sold to BizX in 2016, DevShare was discontinued. On May 17, 2016, SourceForge announced that they were now scanning all projects for malware, and displaying warnings on projects detected to have malware. [0]

What's the deal with SourceForge?

What's the deal with SourceForge?

Then, What is SourceForge and why is it dangerous? Sourceforge should be called Scourgeforge, because that's what they are--a scourge upon developers and end users. Instead of getting those wonderful apps that you once could trust, you get apps infused with opt-out installers that add toolbars and other pieces of malware onto your system. [5]

Also question is, Why does SourceForge have so many users? The vast number of users at SourceForge.net (over 3 million as of 2013) exposes prominent projects to a variety of developers and can create a positive feedback loop. As a project's activity rises, SourceForge.net's internal ranking system makes it more visible to other developers through SourceForge directory and Enterprise Directory. [0]

Beside above, What is SourceForge used for? SourceForge. SourceForge is a Web-based service that offers software developers a centralized online location to control and manage free and open-source software projects. It provides a source code repository, bug tracking, mirroring of downloads for load balancing, a wiki for documentation, developer and user mailing lists,... [0]

In this manner, When did SourceForge become free? The software running the SourceForge site was released as free software in January 2000 and was later named SourceForge Alexandria. [0]

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Author João CardosoHello, my name is João Cardoso. I am a 32 years old Blogger & certified Computer Engineer from Portugal and currently doing Masters in Networks Security from the University of Lisbon.

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