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I really do not like the idea of asking for a donation during the download process. It may turn some people away, thinking that they have to donate, even if there is a button to opt out of the donation process.

On the other hand, of you download Ubuntu, now, you will get a donation screen that you have to click on "not at this time" type of link to bypass the donation amount list [ you can donate to different parts of the development process] to get your FREE download started. I read an article stating this was now happening, but could not believe the parent company of Ubuntu was doing this on the Ubuntu site. So I went there and decided to download the latest version[s] of 12.04.1 [desktop and DVD version of both 32-bit and 64-bit]. I did not like their donation process/screen.

On 10/11/2012 07:26 AM, Florian Effenberger wrote:

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: could show such a page, but the direct link at 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 product.

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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