How to force file download from a slow Sourceforge
It is common experience that Sourceforge downloads are frequently slow as hell. Whatever may be the cause, most of the time one can bear the slow download, but when the download itself doesn't start you have a big problem. You click the download link and all you get is an infinitely busy browser - the server never times out, but your download doesn't start either.
If you try downloading now, you will find that the download starts, although it may be very very slow. Hey but atleast you can download now!
Wasn't that a strange and seemingly unrelated solution to Sourceforge's download not starting? So how did it fix the problem? Let's analyze the fix.
Non-starting of downloads is most definitely caused by problem in loading the ads. If you see your browser stuck at "Waiting for ad.doubleclick.net...", you can be sure the problem is caused by ads, and the above solution will work.
I am not sure if it is intentional but the current ads and download policy on sourceforge.net seems to say "If you don't view our ads, you can't download nothing!". It's ok, we can hack our way out.
On a side note, Sourceforge is slow as hell, developers should consider moving their projects to GitHub.