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Re: bundling software with TSVN?

From: Nicolas Alvarez <nicolas.alvarez_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 19:26:36 -0200

Simon Large escribió:
> On 10/03/2008, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>> As you guys may know, TSVN has become quite popular and therefore gets
>> noticed also by marketing companies.
>> I just received an offer to bundle a shopping toolbar with the TSVN
>> installer. I know, I know, most of those are considered spy/ad/malware.
>> And even if they don't spy or do any harm to the user, most people
>> consider this very bad, at least annoying. I know that. But: it would be
>> a way to make some money from TSVN.
>> Of course, the installation would be optional, and not 'hidden', not
>> even hidden as a TSVN installation option (like for example the
>> dictionaries in the current installer) but clearly advertised on the
>> last page of the installer (after TSVN has been installed, the very last
>> page where we state "installation successful").
>> Now, what do you guys think about that? I haven't decided anything yet,
>> because I'm not really comfortable with this myself - but it's tempting.
> I am not at all comfortable with this either. A shopping toolbar is
> going to be of interest to 0.000001% of developers (OK, I haven't done
> any market research so there may be 10% error in that value ;-) so the
> only people who will install it are the ones who aren't paying
> attention and do so by accident. Which means they will be annoyed, you
> will get almost no revenue and TSVN will look bad.

I agree. If you're going to bundle something, bundle something useful to
your target audience, like some shareware text editor.

(I was going to say "some shareware diff/merge program", but I don't
think you would bundle a product that competes with your own TortoiseMerge!)

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