Marc Paré wrote on 2012-10-10 12:39:
This had already been discussed a couple of years ago, I can't seem to
find the thread. The reason for not doing this was that we were trying
to stay away from the OOo installation routine where people were asked
if they would like to create an OOo account. People thought it was too
I actually do have two views on that. ;-)
One is the technical side:
MirrorBrain redirects to an URL, and that is the one of the actual
mirror hosting the file. So, if we were to introduce some intermediate
side in between, we need to find a way that is not intrusive. Probably
it won't be embedded in MirrorBrain, but somewhere on our download page.
In other words: http://libreoffice.org/download/ could show such a page,
but the direct link at http://download.documentfoundation.org won't.
The other issue is something I recently brainstormed a bit with Alex.
Sites liki Wikipedia can embed their donation request directly in the
product people use, their website. Mozilla can do so as well, because
their product can open their website at the very beginning.
For LibreOffice, it is much more complicated. Our product itself, the
one that millions of people around the world use, cannot show it per se.
We need to find a way that is non intrusive, but still reaches lots of
people - because that is the way we can reach millions of people: Our
Probably a note at the end of the installer, a small donation button in
the start center, something along those lines...
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