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Windows 7: The Gimp abandons SourceForge due to installer wrapper

10 Nov 2013   #11
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Have never cared for them, and when looking for somewhere to download software like Gimp I use Softpedia (knock on wood. . .


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10 Nov 2013   #12
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Kudos to Gimp Team, this move is something I wholeheartedly support .


Adding extra BS to installations is a disturbingly annoying new trend.
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10 Nov 2013   #13
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there.

ABSOLUTELY PLUS for THE GIMP

-- It's not only Source Forge - but a lot of sites now seem to have the trick of misleading or almost impossible to find downloads for the software you want. I can even tolerate a few adverts but when you really almost need a Ph.D in Computer Science in order to find the download you want - then it's time to abandon that Site --Cnet is another one that does similar.

Another nasty trick is to advertise FREE download --the Download might be free but the software isn't !!. And yet another one is to point to direct downloads on some of those file sharing sites which ask you to PAY for a faster download --I'm sure you've all seen this sort of stuff.

The latest HORROR is now that an increasing number of sites require you to watch an UNSKIPPABLE VIDEO for a few seconds (probably the time you have to watch the video will be significantly increased if people accept this latest intrusion) before you can go to the next section to get the download.

At this rate - it will soon be safer and much less hassle just to use the TORRENT SITES !!!!. That would be a turn round for the book !!!!.

Well I'm glad that for one THE GIMP (excellent program too BTW) is fighting back. In any case I don't like "embedded" or proprietary installers -- I just want the .EXE/.ZIP/.RAR or even the windows install .MSI file - we shouldn't NEED proprietary installers -- who knows what sort of malware those things *could* contain. Internet speeds are fast enough these days that we don't need "helper applications" to resume an interrupted download.

Again - WELL DONE "THE GIMP".

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Nov 2013   #14
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
The latest HORROR is now that an increasing number of sites require you to watch an UNSKIPPABLE VIDEO for a few seconds (probably the time you have to watch the video will be significantly increased if people accept this latest intrusion) before you can go to the next section to get the download.
As a consumer I know the companies most likely do not care about my feedback but not to give feedback at all is for me not an option, so I keep complaining.

Past few weeks these non-stoppable and non-mutable videos have been my number 1 complaint. I have sent screenshots like below to 5 different companies during the last 4 weeks, formally informing them that I have blocked their sites from all my computers and stopped using their services because of these video ads I can not and will not avoid(*): two Finnish and one German online newspapers, one bank (yes!) and a local car dealership.

Additionally I have sent same complaints to about half a dozen online services I do not count as essential services I would need, but instead non-essential services I would like to use but refuse to do so due this video ad matter.

The screenshot is from my complaint to Failbook:
The Gimp abandons SourceForge due to installer wrapper-failbook_fail.png
Kari



(*) I do want to get ads as long as they are not disturbing and not stealing the focus on an online page. I am pro online advertising, pro targeted advertising, as long as the journalistic content on online newspapers and magazines, and the business content on other commercial sites comes first and advertising is done tastefully.

Check our Seven Forums, it's a good example of advertising done right: No ads for registered members, for guests ads that are easily separated from the forums content, in a subtle way that does not steal the focus.


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10 Nov 2013   #15
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Well said Kari!
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10 Nov 2013   #16
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Kari, I agree, and this shouldn't be necessary, but have a look

How to Disable Annoying Autoplay Media in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer « Internet

A Guy
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10 Nov 2013   #17
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I'm a stubborn, angry old geek with very simple browsing and surfing principle: The site is not for me if it requires extra steps from my side to make it tolerable. I rather avoid these sites.

Kari
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10 Nov 2013   #18
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

As long as you don't cut off your nose to spite your face

A Guy
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10 Nov 2013   #19
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

If you are running an ad blocker there are download sites that will ask you to turn off the add blocker for that site be four you can download a program/application. . .not going to happen. . .
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10 Nov 2013   #20
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Fellow geeks, I apologize for taking this discussion to a path which could quite easily lead us all to break the rules of the SF (especially rule #14).

As I feel myself guilty in this sidetrack to off topic, may I suggest we'll go back to the topic: Bundled scrapware when downloading and installing software.

Kari
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