Was it that way all the time? I don't think so. https://docs.moodle.org/en/Installing_Moodle jumps to https://docs.moodle.org/28/en/Installing_Moodle and under "Download and copy files into place" there is the link http://moodle.org/downloads which misteriously jums to https://download.moodle.org/ with that huge 2.8 banner!
Has download.moodle.org been hijacked? In fact https://docs.moodle.org/en/Installing_Moodle warns, "IMPORTANT: While there are now a number of places you can get the Moodle code, you are strongly advised to obtain Moodle from moodle.org."
My other question, was it this way all the time, or was there a major overhaul recently?
Right click on Download ZIP, and choose Copy link location.
Paste somewhere like here: https://download.moodle.org/download.php/stable27/moodle-latest-27.zip
I will let you guess how to get the 2.2.x release.
Perhaps the quote misled you. It was one Mr Mark T10686 from UK https://moodle.org/user/profile.php?id=1915393 in distress: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=280159#p1203925.
Even that one is not important. It was brought as an example to point out the kind of problems new comers have with celebrated "Downloads site makeover" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=268774.
What we now need is to get the PHMs mobilized to cut and paste your post in the help forums. Appreciate Helen's efforts to keep the PHMs busy!
There is one particular version I have never managed to find - version 1.0 (it would be fun to test it)
https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=31 gives a link but it's not working anymore.
I have used links like
to check some old releases but "stable" versions 1.0 to 1.2 are not found with this folder structure.
You are probably right and some important versions could be easier to find - for example Moodle docs tell to upgrade old versions to latest 1.9.X, (2.1.X), 2.2.X, before upgrading to latest versions but documentation does not tell where to find these releases (only give link to download.moodle.org with the latest release).
Maybe worth a try
cand you extract that file? I have tried to extract the package but get errors saying the package is corrupt ?
Is there any zip archieve available?
I was able to unpack it fine on a Linux box - haven't tried installing it yet, but it extracted OK
Yes Mauno, I could extract it on a Mac OS X box without problem.
It's a tar.gz file (not a ZIP). If you work on Windows, 7Zip should extract it correctly.
Of course I had to test installing right away - and feel the newbie pain when everything failed
Short tags in php, too new versions of php, mysql, IIS 7.5, no error messages but white screen - and finally very user friendly docs telling what it should have looked:
Well, I must say I had some nostalgic memories from versions 1.4 & 1.6 & 2.0 ( Déjà-vu ) but this version needs an OLD test box!!!
To original question about downloads main page - from new visitors point of view it might be easier to have content of https://download.moodle.org/ and https://download.moodle.org/releases/latest/ with side blocks on the same (one) page to save time and clicks. In any case home page and documentation of moodle.org has a lot more information than 10 years ago