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Is Sourceforge safe?

Is Sourceforge safe? I have heard it may bundle in other applications than the ones you download but I want to download an application called Otter Browser and it is only on source forge so I was wondering if I download it on Mac whether it would be safe and not give me malware

My Laptop: A MacBook Air 

My Desktop: Don’t have one 

My Phone: An Honor 8s (although I don’t recommend it)

My Favourite OS: Linux

My Console: A Regular PS4

My Tablet: A Huawei Mediapad m5 

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Sourceforge has always seemed a bit shady to me.

Of course, with any somewhat open download place, people can upload shady stuff, but what does stick in my mind was in 2015 they bundled some adware with the installer of Gimp. They apparently did this because the Sourceforge repository had not been updated in quite a while: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/sourceforge-grabs-gimp-for-windows-account-wraps-installer-in-bundle-pushing-adware/

 

Just because of this, I am personally wary with download from them.

 

It does seem SourceForge is the official place Otter Browser places their pre-made binaries, but if you don't want to download from there you could always try compiling it yourself: https://github.com/OtterBrowser/otter-browser

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10 minutes ago, minibois said:

Sourceforge has always seemed a bit shady to me.

Of course, with any somewhat open download place, people can upload shady stuff, but what does stick in my mind was in 2015 they bundled some adware with the installer of Gimp. They apparently did this because the Sourceforge repository had not been updated in quite a while: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/05/sourceforge-grabs-gimp-for-windows-account-wraps-installer-in-bundle-pushing-adware/

 

Just because of this, I am personally wary with download from them.

 

It does seem SourceForge is the official place Otter Browser places their pre-made binaries, but if you don't want to download from there you could always try compiling it yourself: https://github.com/OtterBrowser/otter-browser

It says on the Github you should download it from sourceforge. How can you compile application from source for Mac?

My Laptop: A MacBook Air 

My Desktop: Don’t have one 

My Phone: An Honor 8s (although I don’t recommend it)

My Favourite OS: Linux

My Console: A Regular PS4

My Tablet: A Huawei Mediapad m5 

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9 minutes ago, Sandro Linux said:

It says on the Github you should download it from sourceforge. How can you compile application from source for Mac?

I'm not familiar on how to do it on Mac, the page only seems to have extensive information on how to do it on Linux.

"We're all in this together, might as well be friends" Tom, Toonami.

 

mini eLiXiVy: my open source 65% mechanical PCB, a build log, PCB anatomy and discussing open source licenses: https://linustechtips.com/topic/1366493-elixivy-a-65-mechanical-keyboard-build-log-pcb-anatomy-and-how-i-open-sourced-this-project/

 

mini_cardboard: a 4% keyboard build log and how keyboards workhttps://linustechtips.com/topic/1328547-mini_cardboard-a-4-keyboard-build-log-and-how-keyboards-work/

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5 minutes ago, minibois said:

I'm not familiar on how to do it on Mac, the page only seems to have extensive information on how to do it on Linux.

Oh so the documentation will not work for mac

My Laptop: A MacBook Air 

My Desktop: Don’t have one 

My Phone: An Honor 8s (although I don’t recommend it)

My Favourite OS: Linux

My Console: A Regular PS4

My Tablet: A Huawei Mediapad m5 

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19 minutes ago, Sandro Linux said:

Oh so the documentation will not work for mac

I'd have thought you can build it for mac, if you manage to install all the dependencies.

 

Read https://github.com/OtterBrowser/otter-browser/blob/master/INSTALL.md

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14 minutes ago, pythonmegapixel said:

I'd have thought you can build it for mac, if you manage to install all the dependencies.

 

Read https://github.com/OtterBrowser/otter-browser/blob/master/INSTALL.md

It is really hard to compile this application. For some reason cmake can not find QT Version 5 it comes up with this error: 

CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:77 (find_package):

  By not providing "FindQt5.cmake" in CMAKE_MODULE_PATH this project has

  asked CMake to find a package configuration file provided by "Qt5", but

  CMake did not find one.

 

  Could not find a package configuration file provided by "Qt5" (requested

  version 5.6.0) with any of the following names:

 

    Qt5Config.cmake

    qt5-config.cmake

 

  Add the installation prefix of "Qt5" to CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH or set "Qt5_DIR"

  to a directory containing one of the above files.  If "Qt5" provides a

  separate development package or SDK, be sure it has been installed.

My Laptop: A MacBook Air 

My Desktop: Don’t have one 

My Phone: An Honor 8s (although I don’t recommend it)

My Favourite OS: Linux

My Console: A Regular PS4

My Tablet: A Huawei Mediapad m5 

Spoiler

 

 

 

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