[Ardour-Users] ardour & "phoning home"

Arnold Krille arnold at arnoldarts.de
Sat Aug 7 01:51:30 PDT 2010

On Saturday 07 August 2010 02:16:58 Ross Johnson wrote:
> Paul Davis wrote:
> > 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
> Why do you want to know (1) and what consequences could the results have?

Because when you talk to business and/or vendors, it is _far_ better to have 
actual numbers proving them wrong on their estimation of the linux-using-
userbase. It certainly helps with ffado to see how many people actually use the 
app on which version (and on which devices).

And no, counting downloads is not giving the correct numbers as most linux 
users use their distributions packages from the distributions servers.

I would advice to go a similar route to what ffado does: ask the user, tell him 
why we want to know, tell him what we want to know, allow for anonymous 
sending and not sending at all (as well as identified sending). And redo that 
procedure on every new version so you get more accurate numbers.

Have fun,

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