Canonical Now Solicits Donations When Downloading Ubuntu, Says Don't Freak Out

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ohsnaps1104

Unity is chunky bloatware. Linux isn't the same since KDE 3 and Gnome 2 got killed. RIP.

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applejack

I think a better way to go about asking for donations would've been to ask AFTER the download had started. Like, tack on the donation page under the "Thank you"/"Your download has begun." Maybe even a little Java popup or whatnot on that page.

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livebriand

First they start adding in Amazon search results, and now this? Are they TRYING to loose business, like Microsoft with Windows 8? This is one thing I definitely won't donate to. (Hint: shove something in my face, and I will do my best to ignore it. Don't do that, and you'll have a higher chance of getting what you want.)

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ShyLinuxGuy

I'm thinking Canonical is getting a little desperate if they're starting to solicit donations on every download. Their support business, which keeps Canonical going, may not be paying off as intended, and I read somewhere where Canonical struggles to turn a profit.

If this isn't just a Wikipedia-type stunt and Canonical truly needs the money, Ubuntu's days may be numbered...Shame, because the most popular distros are Ubuntu-based (Linux Mint is a biggie)...but Ubuntu derivatives are really based on Debian...

Even though the distro itself is free, could it be a cowinkydink that they're begging for donations because Ubuntu is slipping in popularity? Another vector of thought.

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vrmlbasic

How do the people in the 3rd world afford their caravan of camels if a single one costs $1000 USD (Donation photo)? The dollar may be nose diving but it hasn't fallen that far. Is the third world richer than it wants us to believe?

I can't say that I'm a fan of the donation screen, forcing us to see the donation screen is only a small step away from forcing us to pay for the OS before we can download it. They've even made the "not now, take me to the download" text less visible than the "give them money" button. :(

IMO if a donation isn't purely voluntary on the part of the donor, then it isn't a donation. Forcing downloaders to travel the donation page teeters on the edge of that IMO as it strikes me as trying to guilt donations, which would go outside the pure, altruistic motives that are needed to make a donation a donation and not a fee.

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illusionslayer

The step between asking for money and demanding money is HUGE. Especially for a company that's got a record for never asking for money in the first place.

Just because they're letting more people see the donation screen doesn't mean they're forcing people to donate or tainting their donations, they're just making it easier for those who wish to download to download.

That'd be like saying, "Well, we were going to give people a link to this, but we don't want to taint their viewing of the site, so instead we;re just going to mention the file and then let them go find the download."

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Andrew.Hodge

Yeah, I left " pure" Ubuntu after the switch to unity and made the short hop over to mint. It's stuff like this that I think will drive people away. I like the concept of being able to chose where your donations go to, but I think things like putting it up in the face of the downloader and close sourcing unity really ruins the whole FOSS concept for a lot of people.

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m-p-3

I'll definitely donate to them. Some of these developers are working on Ubuntu like a full-time job and they still needs to make a living like the rest of us.

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JLloyd13

although its still better then windows (what isn't) is ubuntu really TIRING to push everyone away?? doesn't bother me, I'm using Debian atm, which is faster, less boated and better overall

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JLloyd13

although its still better then windows (what isn't) is ubuntu really TIRING to push everyone away?? doesn't bother me, I'm using Debian atm, which is faster, less boated and better overall

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wumpus

I guess if the current users didn't leave after Unity, nothing is really going to shock them.

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