Hi @clearcut, The entire Ubuntu-Mate community thanks you for the donation but we're sorry if it appeared necessary. It is not.
Here is the 18.04 download page. When "Direct Download" is clicked 2 things should happen:
- The file download initiates and your browser typically asks what to do with it. This starts the file download (no donation needed).
- A page comes up mentioning a download tip, download verify instructions and other help.
I hope you didn't end up in a different location. Do you get the download dialog? Mine looks like this: