[Ardour-Users] ardour & "phoning home"

Nedko Arnaudov nedko at arnaudov.name
Fri Aug 6 08:12:46 PDT 2010

> Why am I adding this to Ardour?
> --------------------------------------
> * better data on how much Ardour is actually used
> * better idea of the balance between OS X and Linux platforms
> * a way to alert users that new versions are available

Please don't enable send of any data by default. It will violate privacy
and will put bad karma on Ardour.

If the user has not yet chosen her preference, Ardour should be to ask
by opening a dialog with at least two checkboxes, one for sending usage
data and other for new version checks. If the dialog is closed without
Yes/No button press, Ardour should assume No.

It is awful idea to send usage data by default. Policy forcing is in the
domain of distributions. When a user chooses to compile from source, she
wants control over behaviour, not a dictatorsip violating the
anarchistic virtue of the open source liberty.

In the Internet age, statistic data ownership means capital. It is fine
to ask users to donate like this, but don't force them to do this by
default. It will nullify the the positive attitude and may even make it

Nedko Arnaudov <GnuPG KeyID: DE1716B0>
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