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Re: bundling software with TSVN?

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:33:09 +0100

Lübbe Onken | RA Consulting wrote:

> Haven't read through the thread yet, because I don't want to spoil my
> thoughts with the things others have written.
> Even though I think you deserve all the benefit you can get for your
> hard work on TortoiseSVN, I hate that particular idea. I don't have
> any software installed on my PC that contains ads or toolbars and
> I'll never do this.

TSVN would not contain ads, not would the toolbar.
And: they would still be *separate* apps, with the toolbar only an
*option* to install.

> If I notice that any software tries to install or has installed junk
> on my PC, I abort the installation immediately, remove the software
> and never touch it again. Full stop.

If the app does this without asking, I'd do that too.

> TortoiseSVN is used by software professionals most of the time and
> installing Adware with it just leaves a very bad impression.

As I mentioned before: it's not ad/spy/malware.

> Software either costs money, or it's free. And then it's a free
> decision of the user if he want's to donate. We could indulge
> ourselves in the thought "if we would have received $1 per download,
> we would be rich now", but that's ... IMHO.
> I'd rather ask my boss to donate something to the project again. I
> suggest that we place the following text in the introduction of the
> docs:

I think you guys all get it a little bit wrong here. I don't like
begging for money. What I'd like to establish is a somewhat constant
income for TSVN - relying on donations is way, way too unstable.

> "Even though TortoiseSVN is free software, a lot of work has gone
> into it. If you are using TortoiseSVN profesionally or in a corporate
> environment, please consider donating 5$/5€ per installation to honor
> the developers' work".
> I think that a concrete figure makes it easier for people to donate
> than just the abstract "Please donate"
> Maybe also show this text (with a 5 second countdown before "OK" is
> enabled ;)) if TortoiseProc is loaded for the first time after an
> installation, so people who update will be reminded.

Now, *that* would annoy the hell out of me!
That would make TSVN what I call "annoyware".

What I'm asking here about is to have the installer offer an option to
also install a toolbar (which I checked is nowhere on the whole internet
considered ad/spy/malware at all). That's it. Nothing more, nothing
less. An *option* to install something additional.
No begging, nothing special to do for the user, no *cost* for the user.


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Received on 2008-03-11 09:33:29 CET

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