Posted Dec 6, 2011 21:56 UTC (Tue) by rgmoore
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In reply to: But... Why?
Parent article: C|Net Download.Com accused of bundling Nmap with malware
Why do people download software from unofficial distribution sites, especially when the global Internet makes the official very easy to both find and reach?
I would assume it's for some of the same reasons Free Software users tend to get their software from a distribution rather than directly from upstream. If you're dealing with more than a few packages, it's a lot easier to have a single site that finds all the software you want and puts it in one big archive, rather than having to track down each upstream project individually and deal with their different packaging and downloading standards. Obviously C|Net isn't doing the same kind of QC that a good Linux distro does- including malware seems like anti-QC- but aggregating the software is a big convenience.
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