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I in fact do not have any problems with downloading LO: I just click on the big green button on (the topmost one from three similar buttons, the rest are for localizations - in case others do not see them). A new page (donate.libreoffice.ord...) opens and after 2-3 seconds the download starts. I do not have to bother about donations.

Perhaps the fact that the donate page opens right after clicking on the download button and the download starts a bit later (at least a bit for me, perhaps a lot later for others) is the confusing moment, since one expects something related to download and not to donations. Do you see that so? I can imagine it is. Donations are important, but, perhaps, it should be done in a less 'invasive' way. Maybe a visible 'Donate' button on the download page which would redirect the used to the donate page. This would not mix downloads with donations and thus would not make user angry. Or, two download buttons: one plain "Download" and the second "Download and donate" - which would do the same thing as "Download" does now.


Dňa 19.11.2013 04:29, NoOp wrote / napísal(a):
On 11/18/2013 06:57 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
It's irritating as hell. It makes LO look as if a donation is required
(even though it says otherwise) and IMO is a bit of an embarrassment
when referring LO to others. Several have commented & were sure to
mention that AOO doesn't require this nonsense.

I just spent 10 minutes figuring out how to bypass this nonsense in
order to download a 205MB "update" for a remote user at limited
bandwidth. The default download link was downloading at 45Kbps...
Finally remembered the mirrors:
<> and only
then was I actually able to get a reasonably speed download connection.

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