Is this good news?
If it allows Audacity to continue free, or nearly so, that would be great but usually a sale like this results in the application bing wrecked as a commercial tool ...
Veteran audio editor Audacity has been purchased by Muse Group, although its new management has pledged to keep the platform free and open source. An explanatory video was posted by Martin Keary (aka Tantacrul) at MuseScore, the content of which was confirmed by the Audacity team over the weekend. "We're scared and excited," …
forked, yes, but MuseScore is alrady an open source application (at least was, it was in FreeBSD ports last i checked and builds from source as far as I know).
So the company may very well make their money selling plugins and things like that [I'll have to investigate but I believe it is the case] and audacity might be a "value add" for already paid for things. I suspect it will go well.
Oracle still supports open source Virtual Box... yeah, who knew?
I still have an old MacBook running Snow Leopard. Using that is way preferable to any Mac that came afterwards, in the same way that Windows 7 is much friendlier than later versions of Windows.
Now, when it comes to iOS... every time I see an iOS 6 phone in a movie I almost cry. The beauty we lost...
Utterly agree. Please keep controls visually distinct from display content. That goes for any program really.
As an aside, I didn't even realise there was a new Audacity version out. Might give it a look but my 2.whatever still does the job. Not like I'm going to chuck out my BOSS ME-80 just because there's something newer and "cool".
well I wouldn't expect that, but again, forking is still an option... if you don't like community v pro.
I expect pay-for on the plugin side. that's where they can really make money if they want. make the thing that USES the plugins free, and the plugins cheap enough, and it'll work.
As someone who got buirnt by buying a leading closed-source musical notation etc. software for daughter's education: Musescore and Audacity will make an awesome combination and could readily produce a supported version for, say, Windows charge a small amount and make money on that.
Everybody wins with the right combinations of things - I wouldn't expect every parent to be able to install Debian to make a music workstation for their child, for example.
sometimes the people who fund these things like to donate because they get something they want for the money they spend... and in this case, maybe it's an Audacity + MuseScore thing that's beneficial to all?
As long as it stays alive and isn't pay-walled somehow, and doesn't pop ads or nag screens into our faces while using it, I don't care _WHO_ owns it.
(But I think this will work out just fine - I do music production stuff from time to time, and the beauty of Audacity is in the plugins, where vendors can make money if they want to)
Why is everyone reporting that Audacity has been bought/acquired or that money may have changed hands? I see no evidence of that in the public statements from Muse or the Audacity teams.
AFAIK, there is nothing to acquire. Muse seem to have offered support in the form of developers and (presumably) contributing to project running costs - this will give them more influence on future direction.
The lack of out-of-the-box ASIO integration is a licensing issue - the team believe the Steinberg interface license is incompatible with Audacity's GPL. Muse won't be able to fix this without either somehow varying one license (with permission from Steinberg or Audacity contributors) or replacement with alternative code (e.g. a cleanroom ASIO interface, or new Audacity code for contributors who don't agree).
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