The GPL is not a EULA

GPL software therefore gain nothing by prompting the user to agree to or disagree with the GPL and DC++ will stop doing so. This holds both for the GPLv2 and GPLv3:

Some software packaging systems have a place which requires you to click through or otherwise indicate assent to the terms of the GPL. This is neither required nor forbidden. With or without a click through, the GPL’s rules remain the same.

Merely agreeing to the GPL doesn’t place any obligations on you. You are not required to agree to anything to merely use software which is licensed under the GPL. You only have obligations if you modify or distribute the software. If it really bothers you to click through the GPL, nothing stops you from hacking the GPLed software to bypass this.

The upcoming version of DC++ therefore does not ask the user to assent or otherwise to the GPL during installation.

Interestingly, several other top-ranking GPL-using SourceForge projects, about half of the tested sample, equally uselessly also require Windows users to agree to the GPL before allowing installation:

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