[LAU] Fwd: The audacity of Audacity: Telemetry / Google Analytics added

David W. Jones gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sun May 9 02:44:10 CEST 2021

On May 8, 2021 7:51:45 AM HST, Filipe Coelho <falktx at falktx.com> wrote:
> On 08/05/21 18:08, Will Godfrey wrote:
> > On Sat, 8 May 2021 12:28:44 -0400
> > Kevin Cole <dc.loco at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> 'A massive middle finger': Open-source audio fans up in arms after
> >> Audacity opts to add telemetry capture
> >>
> >> Move comes days after firm acquired by Muse Group
> >>
> >> https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/07/audacity_telemetry/
> >>
> >> The article notes that it's actually an "opt in" but cautions that
> >> users might mistakenly do so.
> > Indeed. Not good news. It's been widely reported. I first saw this
> on 'The
> > Register'. People are just unhappy about the telemetry, but
> absolutely furious
> > about the two third parties involved. I've used Audacity for years
> for simple
> > top-and-tailing. I won't be doing so any more.
> I do not expect Linux distributions to enable the telemetry.
> And from what Audacity developers have said, there is a compile-time 
> option for it which is disabled by default.
> I have looked into their CI builds, seems just using regular Github
> actions.
> So maintaining a fork for just build-time disabled telemetry should be
> quite okay.
> It is very sad to see though, that is for sure.
> One of the very first things they do to "modernize" the codebase is 
> adding telemetry, hah, really fits the "modern" attitudes for sure...
> PS: they already added google analytics and other stuff on top of 
> musescore. I personally have little hopes of them backing down from
> this.

So what replacements for Audacity exist?

David W. Jones
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