[Ardour-Users] ardour & "phoning home"

Simon Wise simonzwise at gmail.com
Tue Aug 10 03:29:38 PDT 2010

On 09/08/10 23:45, Ross Johnson wrote:
> Given that it is possible to download [from the Ardour site] a MacOS
> binary for Ardour, but Linux has to be built from source and therefore
> provides more opportunity to turn phone-home off, this is very likely to
> bias the usage stats heavily in favour of MacOS.

It is actually easier to install Ardour on Linux than OSX, it is maintained in 
Debian and probably several other distributions, typing one line:

apt-get install ardour

[or using a package manager GUI to do it for you] will get the binaries and 
dependencies downloaded and installed on a Debian based system, there are also 
several audio-oriented distributions that include Ardour from the original 
install disks without any additional install.

One difficulty with this is that there is no count of downloads, they will be 
from hundreds of mirrors around the world, so while the Ardour website offers 
some indication of OSX usage it offers very little clues as to Linux usage.

Hence the desire to count users in a more direct way.


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