Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Tue Sep 20 13:50:48 UTC 2016

The people who designedand wrote Link are entirely familiar with JACK (if
only because I taught them about it).

I too was a bit disappointed when Link was announced (last Novemeber)
because it seemed redundant given JACK transport. But once they released
the SDK for iOS and later the code for all platforms, it became clear that
the Link team has come up with something quite different, extremely useful
and really rather clever. Even just their clear identification of different
kinds of musical time sync is a huge contribution for those of us who think
about such things.

Ableton is actually full of quite a lot of software developers who are into
open source. I don't know why there needs to be the level of disdain and
skepticism for the company itself just because, like most other s/w
development companies, they use a proprietary model. Their documentation
for their Push2 surface is an exemplary example of how any company (even an
open source one like Monome) should and could document a hardware device
and how to interact with it. Likewise, their release of the Link SDK as GPL
code for all platforms is a remarkably strong statement from a company
whose core products are all released under proprietary licenses.

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 1:03 AM, Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com
> wrote:

> > On 09/19/2016 11:56 PM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> >>
> >>> why?
> >>>
> >>> On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 5:44 PM, Tito Latini <tito.01beta at gmail.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> What is the content of the network packets ?
> >>>>
> >>>> Regardless, I'll ignore software with that technologogy.
> >>>
> >>
> >> The OP seems to be suggesting that whoever has access to the data
> >> captured
> >> by Ableton Link or the potential backdoor that link *might* enable would
> >> use it for nefarious purposes.
> >
> > Ableton link is used to synchronize software and devices on a *LAN*.
> > It basically broadcasts BPM and song-position to the *local* network.
> >
> Because netjack isn't good enough or cross platform enough or LGPL enough
> or adopted enough?
> > Link does not allow to synchronize devices on a WAN.
> >
> > The complete source code is free (GPLv2) you can read it, no strings
> > attached.
> >
> Be careful, apparently you might get brainwashed ;-)
> --
> Patrick Shirkey
> Boost Hardware Ltd
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