Well, as the song goes, “Another one bites the dust”.
There’s no notice about the SourceForge installer (SFI) when you go to download software there. The SFI is only for Windows, not Linux or Mac.
I agree that devs need funding, and that’s a valid and good thing but bundling without notification isn’t the way. Pretty much all of us have left Download.com . Confusing installation choices isn’t either. The SFI uses the “Accept” or “Decline” choice leading the downloader to think that he/she won’t get the chosen software without the bundled one.
- Only a small net installer is downloaded by default, which means that an Internet connection is required to complete the download. The installation won't proceed if you do not have an Internet connection.
- Some offers may install toolbars on the system or make modifications to the Internet browser's home page or search provider. This is usually not wanted by users.
Also per gHacks, there’s a way to bypass The SourceForge Installer.
I don’t feel right about reproducing that method because I didn’t do the work to find that method. Also, I think visiting his site is a good thing. There’s plenty to learn there.
If you wish to learn it, please look at the excellent article Martin Brinkmann wrote:
Maybe I’m wrong, but while I believe Martin Brinkmann, I’m not completely sure that you don’t end up with something you don’t necessarily want on your machine, if just because the “without installer” file is larger (even though it’s zipped) than the file with the installer. You can see that in the screen shot he included just before the end of the article.