if you see that our installations contain added adware injected by SF please do let me know but as far as I am aware they don't inject adware because it would void any CRC's if project's would provide them so I doubt that this is a SF thing doing that (read on..).
I have been asked to add 'adware' to our packages on several occasions and get some money for each download but I always declined because we do get enough donations to pay for the server's and extra hardware and I also feel at this time the project doesn't need it.
Not that I approve adware in open source packages but please do understand that nothing comes for free and that developer's all over the world do create open source because they like to develop software, and sometimes they like to get that little extra so they can pay the servers, that hardware they need to develop and drink a beer and buy a piza while coding.
And to put that into perspective on how grateful our downloaders are, we get about 1.25cents (give or take) per download in donations. Yes, a simple fart application on Android or iOS is something people pay more money for (well, used to be...).
That said, LibreCAD downloads from SF doesn't contain adware, if it does LET ME KNOW so if you want to have a easy download, remove it from your hosts, issue a download and add SF again. Or compile yourself like said above. If you search around you will also find executables 'in the wild' of the so called 'download sides', but we don't guarantee them to be modified or not.
I don't know fosshub well enough but for us (I speak for myself now) we don't use them because it just adds more work during releases.
In short, there are popular projects on sf.net which are hijacked by sf.net staff, because the original project maintainers abandoned it. The missing option to delete a sf.net project, lead into the takeover by staff.
In case of Gimp for Windows project, the example used in the article, the maintainers left sf.net for a while because of the irritating download buttons which mislead users to download useless and/or malicious software.
sf.net staff later added an adware installer without the consent of the Gimp developers. This takes effect for several other popular OSS projects on sf.net.
It seems that sf.net has realized the signs now and is willing to change the processes.
As LibreCAD project is actively maintained by us, we can confirm, that there is no adware included in the installers. We can't control the adware buttons appearing on the download page, but as the download usually starts automatically, there is no need to click one of the ad buttons.
And I don't know any case where sf.net modified installers of actively maintained projects.
A first look on fosshub.com shows me the same big green download buttons, which are not related to the desired download and lead to the user fleeing on sf.net. I'll risk a second look, with a bit more time, but I guess, that it is not a real option.
Using our librecad.org server for downloads would lead into raise of administration expense and mainly an explosion of server traffic and load. I don't know the limits of our account, but I'm afraid, that this may raise the costs for our server account considerable.