If you’ve followed the discussions lately about Audacity, you know what this is about. If not, do a quick search for “Audacity telemetry” or have a look at GitHub - tenacityteam/tenacity: FLOSS Audacity Fork - No telemetry, crash reports and other shenanigans like that!.
Audacity has been recently acquired by Muse, a company that also holds MuseScore. They tried to add telemetry and a CLA (Contributors’ License Agreement), and certain other things which I’m not going to regurgitate here. The discussion is quite heated, and many changes planned or introduced since the change in product management have been received poorly by many (?). Open source advocates seem to have taken a hostile stance towards these changes, and several forks are already in the making. But note that my viewpoint on this topic may been biased, and you’re encouraged to develop your own.
My question to you is whether we should support an Audacity fork here, and which one.
Some criteria might be:
- Is there a fork that is sufficiently well-maintained and well-known?
- Is the fork “more free/FLOSS” than Audacity in a significant way to justify the extra maintenance effort on our side?
- Do Nixpkgs & NixOS users need & want this?
- Is this topic to heated or divisive to act?