[clug] HowtoForge, SourceForge and Github
steve at nerdvana.org.au
Sun Dec 13 07:31:02 UTC 2015
On 12/11/2015 09:16 AM, George at Clug wrote:
> Would anyone have any comments as to HowtoForge, SourceForge and
> Github ?
> There was something on the Internet about Addware and SourceForge? I
> hope that incident is now over.
> Where are these systems originate from and/or are hosted from? EU or
> Are HowtoForge and SourceForge managed by the same people, if so who
> are they?
No. Sourceforge was originally a GeekNet (thinkgeek, previously VA
Linux) offering, and hosted software downloads for freeware and
shareware software. They were sold to Dice Holdings, a recruitment and
jobs site, in 2012. Earlier this year, they took control of the pages of
some projects that were previously hosted by them, but had recently
moved to github, and inserted adware into the install binaries that were
still available from their site, which led to a concerted mass email
campaign by reddit users to anyone who hosted a sourceforge mirror,
exhorting them to cease the hosting and remove the files "for the good
of the internet".
> 2. HowtoForge
> _URL_: http://www.howtoforge.com _Description_: Provides
> user-friendly Linux tutorials about almost every topic.
Howtoforge is a linux-help website that started out as a simple "how to"
blog. It now takes submissions from anyone who wants to send something
in, which has led to a reputation for system breakage following their
tutorials (ie - a large majority of their redhat tutorials start out
with "first, disable the firewall and SELinux, then down the source
tarball"). howtoforge was originally hosted in EU, but uses the
CloudFlare CDN to distribute their website.
Neither of the two are related to each other, despite having "forge" in
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