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LinuxPackages.net Considered Harmful [Apr. 11th, 2007|01:45 pm]


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I'm not sure how many people are reading this, because we seldom ever use it, but it seems like this is an appropriate place to say something about it.
This morning the following was brought to my attention:  ftp://mirrors.unixsol.org/linuxpackages/Slackware-11.0/WARNING

The contents are as follows:

Standard information here.  We take no reponsiblity for what any of these 
packages may do. They are checked but for only minor things. As with any
software you download you should check it very well before installing it.

Also if you have downloaded an ISO of this archive from a P2P network or
purchased it from a source other than Linuxpackages be warned there is
a package included in the archive that will remove all the files from your
HD and yes we put it there to prevent unauthorized mirrors and leeches
that try and make money off of the hard work of many without giving them
These ISO's that are out there are not authorized by us and should not
be trusted. The archive is available for purchase from us or you can
download the packages from authorized mirrors. To see the list go to


I am just astonished that anyone would stoop to this level of irresponsibility.  Deliberately distributing packages that maliciously destroy a user's filesystem, for any reason is utterly and completely beyond the pale.  I don't give a crap what they think their excuse is for this.  It's not sufficient.

I have been quiet before out of politeness about the "quality" of the packages on Linuxpackages.net, and I've let it slide that they basically slander Dropline in their little HOWTO on their site, but this really pushes things way beyond that.  I strongly recommend that if you're using packages from there, that you stop immediately.  These people clearly do not have your best interests in mind.