GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP as it\u2019s commonly known, is at loggerheads with SourceForge, once again. GIMP just learned that SourceForge has \u2018taken over\u2019 the account of Jernej Simon\u010di\u010dwho was maintaining the Windows version of the project.\nGIMP posted in their Google+ page:\n\nIt appears that +SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also locked out original owner of the account, Jernej Simon\u010di\u010d, who has been building the Windows versions of GIMP for our project for years.\nSo far they haven't replied to provide explanations. Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for WIndows via its official Downloads page.\n\nSourceForge didn\u2019t stop at taking over the GIMP account and locking Simon\u010di\u010d out, they also manipulated the software and wrapped it inside an ad-infested installer. I checked yesterday and it was indeed adware. Unfortunately I didn\u2019t bother to grab a screenshot and I regret it now. Today when I checked, the package had been updated and it\u2019s now ad-free. There is no changelog on SourceForge so I can\u2019t see what changes were made to the package, but I can see that the last update was made today.\nI approached SourceForge yesterday about this issue and have not heard from them yet. However they have published a blog post claiming that it was not a \u2018hijacking\u2019 attempt:\n\nThere has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current.\n\nThat sounds like a nice gesture from the site, but why did GIMP developers \u2018actually\u2019 abandon the project in the first place?\nThe project was abandoned for the very reason it is getting criticism now - adware. The Register quoted the GIMP developer:\n\nAs the devs note, that tool \u201c... bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge.\u201d\n\nIt\u2019s hard for me, as a free software user and advocate, to see how this helps GIMP or its users. If there is someone who needs GIMP it\u2019s SourceForge for traffic and a stream of revenue through bundleware from projects that don\u2019t want to be part of SourceForge anymore. The only party benefiting from this is SourceForge, as hosting such projects brings them traffic and revenues through bundleware.\nCan\u2019t a developer delete the project?\nIt doesn\u2019t seem possible. I have read the Wiki and there is no documentation on how one can \u2018delete\u2019 a project. This is in stark contrast to GitHub where a user can delete entire repository if he\/she doesn't want to host the project on the site for whatever reason.\nSourceForge seems like a black hole where once you cross the event horizon there is no return.\nWhat\u2019s even more shocking is that GIMP is not alone. Almost all major open source projects have abandoned their SourceForge projects and the site editors have taken over. All major projects like Firefox, VLC, Banshee, Audacity, Fedora, LibreOffice, etc. have been \u2018hijacked\u2019 by SourceForge.\nWhat's your take on how SourceForge should handle abandoned projects?