Okay, so I've pondered this proposal of closing off this app-repository to registered users-only... and for now, I'm leaning towards keeping it open. At least until something happens that forces us to close it off for reasons I failed to consider.
These apps are already available for free in one capacity or another (either gratis or libre) and we are only providing an alternative distribution channel for them. Take for example such sites as PortableApps.com
who each already have and rely on their own unique deployment strategies of many of the same apps available here anyway, so I doubt we are treading new waters here.
There's a disturbing trend lately of Big Business (Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc.) and everybody setting up their own so-called "App-stores" and offering what amounts to free software for profit -- i.e., charging for the download of what are already free apps. I wish to avoid the appearance that we have some sort of app-store where only an elite club is allowed to download and we certainly are not going to charge for those downloads either. I don't think anybody here would want that.
[hr]Regarding concerns of spamming and hacking...
We did recently implemented
pretty tight spam counter-measures here -- just see the bottom of every page for how we did. So we are not as much concerned about 'em here. Note, I am not talking about the forum being hacked per se so much as being invaded by the newest generations of increasingly smarter spam-bots; but these new counter-measures should also help greatly with any defacement attempts as well.
Also, inspection of the links would reveal that LastOS.org would be the likely target/victim of such malicious intent anyway -- which as it turns out is its own worse enemy as I recently have uncovered evidence that LastOS (on at least two occasions) was never "hacked" from any outside source but rather from someone within at the top levels.
Several of us had already drawn up various contingency plans in case LastOS really went belly up permanently and irreversibly. Even now nobody really expects LastOS to last even past tomorrow much less for the rest of the year. So we'll see. If it doesn't -- we'll move on.