Update January 2015:
It seems that direct access to the compiled application is no longer available. The list of files is still there, but every link now redirects to the Sourceforge malware-ridden downloader.
Another update and a solution:
I have just had this tip passed on to me (thanks Mike:), and it is brilliant. When you get to the Filezilla download page, it will be a URL like this:
That URL will give you the Sourceforge downloader application for the project, sized about 700kB. You don’t want that. Quickly go to the URL and add “?nowrap” onto the end. It will look like this:
Now what you get is the compiled installer for the project, in this case an executable 6MB in size.
So, just add “?nowrap” to get the file you really wanted.
This link gives you the index page for all the downloads, but it automatically adds the nowrap parameter:
How long that link will remain, is unclear. The thing to remember, is to look at the size of the download before you run it.
Went to Sourceforge to download a copy of FileZilla, the Open Source FTP client. What a disappointing experience.
What Sourceforge wants to do, is push a piece of Spyware at you. What the spyware does, is anyone’s guess, but it asks for permission to change Windows settings, which makes me suspicious.
Then I tried the “Browse all files” link (which used to be called “other download options”) and went to the direct download page, where I can choose a specific version of FileZilla and download that. Except no – it does not work like that. The URL shows me the link to the file I want, but clicking on it redirects my browser to the spyware download again.
This shit is misleading and should be considered dangerous. They try their best to trick you into installing something that has full access privileges to your entire machine, and then sell that on to their “partners”, who could be just about anyone. Given how they are misleading users, I don’t trust them, and neither should you.
If you want FileZilla, here are the downloads direct from the project:
The one you want is probably down near the bottom of that long list, as the latest is at the bottom and not at the top as you would hope.
Good luck, and stay away from Sourceforge – they are looking more dangerous by the day.
Update: today I also needed to download an update to SoapUI, the excellent SOAP testing and development tool. That is also hosted on Sourceforge, but the download links do exactly what they say they do – no spyware, just the 140Mbyte (!) application. I’m guessing SoapUI has a different arrangement with Sourceforge than does FileZilla, though I suspect whatever gains FileZilla thinks they may be getting, are going to be destroyed by the distrust they are building up amongst its end users.