Over the years, Audacity has developed a large and loyal user base in line with successful open source software – which some would define as the “default” for sound editors and podcasts. But since the software has changed hands in recent months, it hasn’t stopped bothering users – and this time they’re no longer just protesting and moving on.
Summary of previous chapters
two months ago Odyssey’s problems began in front of users. This happened when it was acquired by a group called Museum Group, which promised to keep Odyssey open source, and the whole purpose of the acquisition was to make it easier to use and add features to.
The problem began when, days after its acquisition of Audacity, requests began to appear on users to collect analytics – something that didn’t exist before the popular software took over. Audacity made it clear that the analyzes to be collected are completely anonymous. The same analytics include the start and end of usage of the app, errors faced by users while using, types of files to be edited by the user and the desired operating system to Audacity.
Users did not, at least, like the changes made by the new owners to the very popular software – although in practice they are turned off by default and the collection of analytics on users is done only if they choose to do so ( option -in). In Odyssey he tried to put out the fire, emphasizing that the option only exists in versions downloadable via GitHub – meaning that other versions (forks) of the software do not have code to collect this information. Which seems like a wink to users trying to please them.
But then came the new update
But the “follow-up” doesn’t stop there, as Audacity’s parent company decided to collect more information about software users—so that they could provide it to law enforcement officials if needed. Audacity’s new policy says it may collect “information necessary for law enforcement, legal proceedings and authorities” on users – if they so request.
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