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On 11/18/2013 09:57 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
James didn't get quite far enough.  It's a page or so further on.  The
way page is set-up it does look as though you do HAVE TO make a
donation before the download will start.  It's only the geeks that
will notice their own web-browser is the only thing blocking the
download from really starting.

The marketing team did discuss this and various other options but the
technology is not quite their yet to allow the whole thing to be more
polite and less demanding.  After a lot of discussion they finally
settled on doing the same as other projects, such as Ubuntu and many

Actually Ubuntu's is more demanding.  With them you get a list of
areas where you suggest which areas you want your donation to be
targeted towards (with no promise it will be used for that (to avoid
accountancy nightmares)) and you have to scroll all the way down to
the bottom of the page before you see something like "get me out of
here, skip all this and just do the download"

If i hadn't been so involved in the discussion in marketing then i
would probably have stopped around the same point as James tbh.  It's
only because i was so irate at the time that i went further to check.
As it's turned out it's not been quite as bad as i feared.  There have
only been a couple people who didn't quite notice and then grumbled
about something.

The technology nearly is there but it's not smooth and doesn't always
work reliably on all systems and all web-browsers.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 18 November 2013 13:15, James Knott <> wrote:
josephine mcdonald wrote:
hi, i donated $10.00 via pay-pal 11/18/13... but now i'm having trouble downloading 
libreoffice.. i can't get past the page asking for a donation??     can you help?

You don''t have to make a donation to download, though it's certainly
appreciated.  Where are you trying to download from?  I just tried and the only mention of donation was at the bottom
of the first page.  I was able to go directly to the download page
without having to make any donation.

LO is free. That's FREE! It even comes with a lot of Linux distros, no
cash needed. You should look for another download site--somebody's
trying to rip you off!


Blessed are the peacemakers..for they shall be shot at from both sides.

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