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Submission + - SF Says AdWare Bundled with Gimp Is Intentional-> 5 5

tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP", Sourceforge had this response:

In cases where a project is no longer actively being maintained, SourceForge has in some cases established a mirror of releases that are hosted elsewhere. This was done for GIMP-Win.

Editor's note: Gimp is actively being maintained and the definition of "mirror" is quite misleading here as a modified binary is no longer a verbatim copy. Download statistics for Gimp on Windows show SourceForge as offering over 1,000 downloads per day of the Gimp software. In an official response to this incident, the official Gimp project team reminds users to use official download methods. Slashdotters may remember the last time news like this surfaced (2013) when the Gimp team decided to move downloads from SourceForge to their own FTP service.

Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for Windows via its official Downloads page.

Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent.
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Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Submission + - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP-> 5 5

careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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Comment Re:bye (Score 1) 531 531

I tried very hard to like Seamonkey. I even wrote an extractor for the intentionally corrupted omni.ja (ZIP file with a bad central index) so that I could patch the XUL files for the UI to get it looking nice.

I ran into several problems: the allow-popups/cookie manager was the most obtuse UI I've ever seen in all my years of using computers, video wasn't capable of going full-screen, the loss of the element inspector was a major blow both to web development and using Adblock Plus with my own CSS blocking rules, etc.

But this probably will be where I ultimately fall back to once I can no longer run older Firefox copies anymore (probably due to sites relying on some new feature not in FF28.)

Comment Re:This is the last fucking straw (Score 1) 531 531

DRM codecs are a feature

No they're not. Now that DRM codecs are widely available in every major browser, there's no cost associated with lost customers who don't have the DRM extensions in their browsers. The end result of Mozilla et al caving on DRM is that more sites are going to start using it than would have otherwise.

If I want to pay to watch DRMed Netflix content, then I have a $30 TV stick for that. I didn't need DRM on the web for that.

Comment Re:bye (Score 2) 531 531

Google just removed 200 extensions that turned out to be malicious and would steal login credentials, inject ads and other such fun things.

I don't want to have to install a dozen third-party extensions from people I don't know or trust with handles like XxFoX69eRxX to get functionality back which I already had.

Comment Re:bye (Score 3, Interesting) 531 531

Which about:config value can I tweak to turn off Australis and have normal navigation+refresh+home buttons, and tabs under the URL bar? Which one will let me turn off download history (without killing my browser history as well)? Which one will let me show the compact one-line URL bar dropdown results? Which one will let me install unsigned extensions again? Which one will let me use HTTP/2 without TLS, as the RFC defines?

Comment Re:Everybody good has moved to the BSDs. (Score 1) 347 347

Because I investigate the designs chosen, and find myself agreeing with them. For just one example, take the design of /dev/random => http://en.wikipedia.org/?title...

I've been looking, but so far I haven't found a Linux vs FreeBSD difference where I thought, "wow, Linux does this a whole lot better." I'm sure they exist, and that I'll come across them eventually.

If there comes a time when I feel the FreeBSD devs start doing a bunch of crazy things as well, then I'll start investigating Minix, Hurd, Haiku, etc.

I'm not really even that bothered by the Linux kernel choices, but damned if I'm using Poettering's garbage again after suffering through PulseAudio.

Comment Re:Everybody good has moved to the BSDs. (Score 1) 347 347

What are you talking about? The FreeBSD forums have a ton of news members lately, all moving away from systemd. Including myself.

And rc.d is absolutely nothing like systemd. It's far more like SysVinit in that it's just an init system, and not a (DNS server, binary logging system, network time daemon, login daemon, console daemon, HTTP server, QR-code generator, hardware device manager, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.) Only rc.d is far simpler and nicer than SysVinit. It's a thing of beauty. I set up an HTTP daemon by making a text file with five lines of text in it. See for yourself.

Comment Re:Zooming in causes a horizontal scroll bar (Score 2) 240 240

And how about this new-age bullshit trend on sites like medium.com that think you want to look at a literal, full-screen image of some unrelated stock art picture before you get to a single word of the actual story; followed by repeated 1920x1080 stock art for every three paragraphs of text?

View -> Page Style -> No Style is a godsend on some of these sites.

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