Techie-Micheal wrote:Why, as in why aren't they getting them from the real source,
Many users on slower or unreliable connections can't get all of the 700+ MB iso (e.g. Ubuntu) from the website without great difficulty (they need a better download manager
), but they can get it via P2P as long as they are patient.
Yes, but there is also the netinstall for a lot of distros which is what I usually get even though I'm on a somewhat quicker connection. Sure, it requires that I be connected during installation and download a bunch of stuff, but 30MB versus 700MB is a big difference when getting the ISO.
Techie-Micheal wrote:how as in how are users to know what's legit and what's not? Hashes are one possibility,
I always distribute with a hash file. Also, getting the torrent file itself from a reliable source (like a current user, trusted source, etc.) helps.
That's great, but how am I to know that that is the real hash and not the hash of the software you just put a virus on? I still have to go to the real source to verify.
Techie-Micheal wrote:but if the users don't want to go to the real source to download in the first place, are they really going to go there to get hashes and compare them to what they just downloaded?
If laziness was the reason (as you imply) that people aren't getting the software from the "real source," then you'd be right, but that is not my experience.
Then what is?
Techie-Micheal wrote:Hashes are one possibility, but if the users don't want to go to the real source to download in the first place, are they really going to go there to get hashes and compare them to what they just downloaded?
I think your under-estimating the motive behind people like this. Getting a hash is free, the software isnt.
Per the above, Windows 7 right now is free from Microsoft.
And yes, Linux distros are out there on P2P networks. http://www.debian.org/CD/torrent-cd/
as one example. So why not just go there instead of pulling it off some random person? Yet from what I've seen, people simply click and start downloading.
Yes, I am talking about Vista, XP, etc., but also Windows 7. In this case, Windows 7 is free, which further confounds me as to why people would rather pull it off some untrusted person and allow what happened above to happen to them.