Yeah, this is quite interesting and has caused a some-what uproar in the Slackware community. It has been brought to my attention that the administrators of linuxpackages.net had intentionally put a package in ISOs that were not officially offered by their own site.
This is the original text that was in the WARNING file:
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
Funny thing is, that has been since removed and I found this copy here.
This is just a bit disturbing to quite a few people. I mean, come on, this is totally reckless, immoral, and coming from a site who claims to be professionals, ridiculous.
I really don’t care if they have removed this text or not, that does not mean it didn’t happen and doesn’t guarantee that this practice has been terminated.
I don’t know about you, but that makes my utterly sick. Screw ’em!