Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Linking to Softpedia.com articles has always presented a bit of a moral dilemma. They cover things that others don't or many times identify an angle no one else has. I like their little news blurbs. But I don't like that they link to downloads on their own server instead of the source.
I know many of these like sites can't be trusted. You have no idea what they may have put in the binary. I don't think Softpedia is doing that. I don't know for sure, but I almost believe they just download the file and serve it up. They are using the download numbers to beef-up their web numbers, or somehow making money off the downloads. But I still feel funny linking to their stuff and have since the beginning. I just always hoped folks would know it's better to download from the original source after reading how cool Softpedia said it was.
Anyway, I want folks to know that I link to Softpedia for their coverage, but don't really support downloading from them; although if I even suspected for a second they were tainted I wouldn't.