Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features and govt / police spyware

Contributors disgruntled with the recent direction of cross-platform FOSS audio software Audacity are forking the sound editor to a version that does not have the features or requirements that have upset some in the community.

One such project can be found on GitHub, with user “cookiengineer” proclaiming themselves “evil benevolent temporary dictator” in order to get the ball rolling.

“Being friendly seemed to have invited too many trolls,” observed the engineer, “and we must stop this behaviour.”

Presumably that refers to the trolling rather than being friendly. And goodness, the project has had somewhat of a baptism by fire in recent hours as a number of 4chan users elected to launch a raid on it.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

The project is blunt with regard to the causes of the fork – Audacity’s privacy policy updates, the contributors licence agreement, and the a furore over introducing telemetry have all played a part.

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Source: Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features • The Register

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