I do not want to be a bird of ill omen, I stop except LibreOffice, the Mate desktop (And possibly Rocky Linux is added) there are few cases of bifurcated projects that capitalize on discontent. Users network a bit and then forget, while forks fade into obscurity.
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The Audacity novel What's wrong with telemetry?
Carlos is an amateur musician and lover of open source. After venting on the networks for the decision to include telemetry in Audacity, he called an Uber and went to get the Covid vaccine. As they warned him that he could have a little fever, he went to the pharmacy and bought Paracetamol from a well-known laboratory and a Coca Cola to lower it. He paid for everything with his credit card.
As there was a subway station near the pharmacy, she decided to take advantage of some of the trips that were left over from her monthly pass.
Of all these activities, records remained, records that were sent to companies responsible for analyzing them and that will use them to draw conclusions.
I clarify, there is no such Carlos, except that we are all a little. It is impossible to live with a modicum of comfort in modern life without leaving traces. So it's worth wondering if we're not over-acting outrage.
I'm not sure of the answer. Why does the developer of a program that doesn't connect to the Internet want my IP address? Why do you put an age restriction? However, they have already clarified that the telemetry tool is optional, and probably those responsible for the different distributions do not include it when creating the packages.
Of course, there is also the issue of the violation of the GPL license. But that came after the telemetry complaints.
Two new forks
We have to clarify that neither of the two programs that we discussed are ready for use in tasks that require stability. In fact, you have to compile the source code.
There are also no news, except perhaps in the visual aspect.
Here at the page from GitHub describe it as a multitrack audio editor / recorder for Windows, MacOS, GNU / Linux and other operating systems, dIt is developed by a group of volunteers as open source software.
- Recording from audio devices (real or virtual).
- Export / import of a wide range of audio formats (expandable with FFmpeg).
- High quality, including up to 32-bit floating audio support.
- Plug-ins with support for VST, LV2 and AU plugins.
- Scripting in the built-in Nyquist scripting language, or in Python, Perl, and other languages.
- Arbitrary sampling and multitrack timeline editing.
- Accessibility, including keyboard editing, screen reader support, and narration support.
- Useful tools for signal analysis, including audio.
The description of this project, powered by a free software support organization, is exactly the same as Tenacity. I suppose it was taken from the Audacity one. However, they took the trouble to specify what their goals are
The goals that Audacium tries to achieve are quite simple:
- Restore Audacity to what it was before, with no crash reports (GH Issues exists for that), or a very simple update check (only at startup, not periodically).
- Add new features that people want, listening carefully to the community.
- Make the code base easier to work with, less confusing for a newbie.
I hope the developers of both projects have the common sense to merge efforts And let's not end up like so many times happens with so many open source projects. An infinite amount of forks that, when added together, do not become a fairly usable application.