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@Morten Telling Nielsen Thanks for heads up, fixed.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Yes, but what does it *do*?

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1 month, 2 weeks ago on Find WordPress Themes You Need at SourceForge, and more!

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@eckes Thanks for heads up! Fixed.

5 months, 1 week ago on February 2014 Project of the Month, Clover EFI Bootloader

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For further comments and feedback everyone is invited to use at our forum, thanks.

7 months ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@RAINMAN There are so few projects that are part of the devshare program that I’m what you ran into was someone else's installer.  Just last week, we had to remove a project (fromimagestovideos) because it was bundling a search engine that was not easy to remove.  Can you share the project with me?

We have work to do on the blueprint and your input is being heard– on our installer all offers are clearly presented and transparent.  If this was someone else’s installer, this is the issue we were trying to address with the devshare program in the first place. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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Jason, thank you for your criticism which we disagree with and many in the open source community do as well.  That said, we want everyone to use Sourceforge and look forward to winning back you trust – thank you for letting us know because we have to hear all feedback to make the best possible service for everyone

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@chilinuxThanks again for your further comment.

We agree that endorsements are different than transparency, however, Simon Phipps described how what we do matches his own seven metrics for identifying best practice in download services.  We scored pretty well and one metric is specifically - transparency.  As per Simon, “All installer behavior is transparent; no surprises or side effects, including global system changes."  So in this case, the fact that we are transparent was part of the broader endorsement.

Google policies about how secondary offers are proposed to end-users are the strictest on the market.  Talking about Google Code we're actually observing the opposite pattern: some projects hosted on google code are now moving their downloads to SourceForge, since Google will soon eliminate that service.

Last but not least, we'll consider if making our installer open source would make a difference to our audience, stay tuned for reviewing our blueprint.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@wanderson1 Thanks for your feedback on the “enforced” process, we’ll take it into consideration as we work through the new blueprint.

8 months ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@Free Willy Are you suggesting we charge a minor fee for downloading on a per download basis?  Interesting suggestion.

8 months ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@chilinux Thanks for your feedback. We disagree that we strongly encourage top projects to join the DevShare program. The Gimp-Win Administrator wrote this to us – “while you (Sourceforge) were offering the bundle, when I said I'm not interested, that was it.”  Feel free to ask him for confirmation.  We informed our projects about the program and some of them asked to talk to know more.

About deceptive steps. The DevShare program is compliant with Google's strictest policies about secondary offerings, moreover we received positive feedback from community members as the OSI Director Simon Phipps. 

Along the line of the upcoming blueprint we'll consider if creating an open source installer would make a difference to our community.

8 months, 1 week ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@happyskeptic Filezilla's installer flow has been throughly discussed and reviewed with the project's admin, both for what concerns the installation flow and how offers are presented. You can actually choose to either 'Accept' or 'Decline' the offer, while many installers have just a 'Next' button. The description of the additional offer provides information, and the install requires a positive opt-in from the user. Last but not least you have a link to a web page describing why you're seeing this offer.

8 months, 1 week ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@Developer We are fighting deceptive advertising and do not want it on our site.  We have no interest in revenues from deceptive advertisers.  We have layers of protection to stop these ads coming in from ad networks, but no level of protection stops it completely – so we need the communities help.  You can help us prove the point that we don’t want revenue from deceptive advertisers.

We do not bundle any project without their consent, and it has never been our intention to do so. DevShare partners have opted-in and are all paid on a revenue-sharing basis.

8 months, 1 week ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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@cquirke Unfortunately there is no other way around. Take the adsense page, it says that in order to block ads you have to

     Enter the [exact!]display URL shown on the ad or the destination
     URL to block new and existing ads.

There is no way to know in advance what kind of ads would be displayed, and having over 300.000 projects we might hardly be able to remove all confusing ads if we do not get help from the community.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Advertising, Bundling, Community and Criticism

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 @Stugo  SourceForge do serve Apache OpenOffice downloads but there is no bundle. What you are describing must have happened somewhere else.

11 months, 1 week ago on Apache OpenOffice Templates New Site

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 @Stugo Apache OpenOffice doesn't bundle any malware or virus, just make sure to download it from http://openoffice.org, don't trust other sites.

11 months, 1 week ago on Apache OpenOffice Templates New Site

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 @MSgt Dale Day  The Templates website provide you with a selection of OpenOffice templates, check out the most popular on the home page for some inspiration or typewrite in the search box something you might need (e.g. resume, invoice or planner). Same thing for extensions, for example you might want to give a try  to the Oracle PDF Import extension or the OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs to import/export to Google Docs.

11 months, 1 week ago on Apache OpenOffice Templates New Site

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Over one month after the launch of the DevShare - that is going great and counts already two of our top 10 titles - I wish to share some more background info about our program.

 

Before we launch the DevShare some SourceForge projects were already bundling their binaries with others' secondary offerings, and we received end-users' complaints for one or more of the following reasons:

 

- the installation flow is opaque and provides little or no choice about secondary offering installations;

- how to uninstall those secondary offerings is undocumented and often requires a lot of effort;

- secondary offerings are not always safe and secure applications.

 

Having heard that, our primary goals designing the DevShare program were to make sure to do a better job of helping developers yet protecting end-users from unwanted installations or malicious software.

 

Developers opt in and are compensated, they are in control both of the installer behavior and of what sort of secondary offerings will be presented to their user base. Moreover they are not asked to integrate their application with a third parties' piece of code, and maintaining a bundled and unbundled version is trivial for them.

 

End-users are provided with a transparent installer behavior, all programs are malware-free and honestly described. All uninstall procedures are extensively tested, both for open source applications and third parties' offerings.

 

We believe we did a pretty good job in this sense. We are glad to see that people like Simon Phipps - OSI Director and open source veteran - says that the DevShare seems to score well against his seven metrics for identifying best practice in download services (check it out at http://goo.gl/dbNPK5).

 

A note about comments. By default comments are set to automatically close after 30 days, we temporarily reopened them because some of you have asked for, for the future please join the conversation at the DevShare forum on SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/alexandria/forums/forum/5764605

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Today We Offer DevShare (Beta), A Sustainable Way To Fund Open Source Software

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 @braindead0 With the next push - due early next week - we'll update the text on the download page to better reflect that the SourceForge installer provides some options.

Thanks for the feedback.

1 year ago on Today We Offer DevShare (Beta), A Sustainable Way To Fund Open Source Software

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Actually the download page says that you are downloading the Sourceforge installer, and you can either accept or decline the installation of a secondary offering. Differently from other download sites we are giving developers the possibility to join our partner program, making possible for them to fund the development of their applications.

1 year ago on Today We Offer DevShare (Beta), A Sustainable Way To Fund Open Source Software

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 @CSRedRat Thanks for heads up, fixed!

1 year, 1 month ago on June 2013 Project of the Month: ReactOS

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 @dallakyans We are actually about to run a new partner program, stay tuned!

1 year, 3 months ago on What we can do to help promote your project

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