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Hi :)
Yes.  It is fairly clear if you read the text but people probably
expect to have to pay for something this good.  $10 is a pittance
compared to other alternatives and people who feel tricked into giving
the donation get far more from LibreOffice than they would if they had
been forced into buying something similar from anyone else.

Kingsoft and KOffice don't have database programs.  Kingsoft doesn't
have a drawing component.  Calligra doesn't have as many devs working
at it.  Apache OpenOffice is comparatively under-developed (although
that might be a blessing for some).  Google-docs is risky if your
internet is unreliable.  Each has their niche but LibreOffice covers
more bases.  It's possible i might be a little biased of course but i
think our devs, QA, documentation, marketing, designers, user-support
and all the rest have done a great job.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 19 November 2013 19:27, Gabriel Risterucci <> wrote:
2013/11/19 Jean-Francois Nifenecker <>


Le 19/11/2013 04:29, NoOp a écrit :
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.

here, if I go to I click on the big round
Download LibreOffice Now! button, this gets me to where I can select the download I
want which starts (almost) immediately. No donation is required AFAICS.
There's a donation option below with the following introductory text:
"LibreOffice is Free Software and is made available free of charge. Your
donation, which is purely optional, supports our worldwide community. If
you like the software, please consider a donation."

This is all ok for me.

So, unless there's some other entry point which introduces a donation
before the download, I can see no problem. Or am I mistaken?

The issue here (well, issue might not be the word), is that on some
configuration, the automatic download don't trigger/is blocked by the
browser. In this case, someone not akin to reading a wall of text will just
see the prominent donation part of the page.

But as far as the actual content of the download page is concerned, I
believe the text if perfectly clear about the optionnal part of the
donation. But... users ;)

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