Was the GIMP right to leave SourceForge?

Today in Open Source: The GIMP leaves SourceForge. Plus: Slackware 14.1 released, and a screenshot tour of GhostBSD 3.5 MATE

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.

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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.

Slackware 14.1 Released

Slackware 14.1 has been released, according to DistroWatch.

Patrick Volkerding has announced the release of Slackware Linux 14.1, a new version of the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution.

"After over a year of development (including the beta release and several release candidates to get everything polished up) we're proud to announce the availability of the new stable release. You'll find updates throughout the system, with the latest compilers and development tools, and recent versions of applications, window managers, desktop environments, and utilities.

The Linux kernel is updated to version 3.10.17 (part of the 3.10.x kernel series that will be getting long-term support from the kernel developers). The x86_64 edition of Slackware also adds support for installing and booting on systems running UEFI firmware."

The new versions ships with KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktops.

More at DistroWatch

GhostBSD 3.5 MATE Screenshot Tour

The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of GhostBSD 3.5 MATE.

This is the third release from the 3.x series, which improves GhostBSD 3.1 and introduces some new features.

Some of the highlights: OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y; DTrace hooks have been enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel; DTrace has been updated to version 1.9.0; Sendmail has been updated to version 8.14.7; OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.2p2; GNOME 2.32 has been replace by MATE 1.6; Xfce 4.10 is now part of desktop choice; GhostBSD BSM theme with custom Faenza icon; MATE, Xfce and LXDE contain a more uniform set of software.

Ghost BSD 3.5
Image credit: The Coding Studio

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In case you aren't familiar with GhostBSD, here's the official description:

What is GhostBSD?

GhostBSD is a user friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD, which attempts to conform to the Single Unix Specification. FreeBSD is known for its stability and security in server environments, which incidentally provides an excellent base for a desktop operating system. GhostBSD is base on well designed and thoroughly tested open source solutions to create an easy to use familiar workspace, that can be used at home and in office environment. The live environment can also be used to rescue data. It supports the most popular lightweight and fully-featured desktop environments (including Gnome, Mate, XFCE, LXDE, and Openbox), FreeBSD next generation package management system, Apache Open Office, Libre Office, LibreCAD, Eclipse / Anjuta development environments (for C, C++, Java, Javascript, Jala, and Python), and more.

Why GhostBSD?

The GhostBSD project has two primary goals - security and usability. GhostBSD takes the FreeBSD system and pre-configures the most common software choices, fine-tunes the selection of applications for optimal performance, and provides an intuitive work environment without the need for extensive additional configuration. Rather than compiling, building, and configuring their own FreeBSD system, a GhostBSD user eliminates the hassle and enjoys a prebuilt system ready for public consumption. However, we are true to the tenets of FreeBSD, which are low resource consumption and stability. GhostBSD does not limit the users' customization options, which are available in an ordinary FreeBSD distribution. All of the tutorials, advice, and online content applicable to FreeBSD also apply to our distribution.

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