Is Gutenprint safe to use?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Uhtombos, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. Uhtombos macrumors newbie

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    I have Canon MP-160 printer that doesn't work for Mac. A friend of mine got it working with this:

    http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php
    But I'd like another opinion - is that piece of software safe to install to Mac?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Plenty of people over on apples forums recommend it
     
  3. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  5. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    Nah, they lost my business forever.
     
  6. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Yes. I have used the printer drivers from Gimp Print before and it's safe to use. Also Sourceforge has been sold and no longer includes junk or spam with their downloads.
     
  7. Vacamhia macrumors newbie

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    Gonna clarify as I need to use Gutenprint or find another solution:
    These links are safe?
    gimp-print.sourceforge.net
    https://sourceforge.net

    No news about the site distributing malicious software? When was the site sold anyways? Since when has it been clean? I only know it as bundle of bad stuff.
     
  8. KALLT, Nov 8, 2016
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    KALLT macrumors 601

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    @Vacamhia: Gutenprint is trustworthy. I know it from Linux, it is simply a collection of open-source printer drivers for Apple’s CUPS printing system. For what it’s worth: the installer packages are all signed with an Apple Developer Certificate, registered for the lead developer mentioned on the site. The project is also under active development and the source code can be inspected. I say that this is legit. The problem with SourceForge was that they offered their own installers with bundled adware, which they reportedly stopped doing. The Gutenprint installer is an ordinary installer package and upon superficial inspection I cannot see anything suspicious about it.
     
  9. Vacamhia macrumors newbie

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    I see, thanks. Any idea when SourceForge cleaned itself up? I'm just surprised I never heard the site fixed itself. If it was recently, then that would explain it.
     
  10. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    First MacUpdate then SourceForge... Sad...
     
  11. Vacamhia macrumors newbie

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    SourceForge should be safe now though?
     

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