ArtGirl wrote:I found this thread through having concerns about a cross-platform program I'm using (myself, solely on Linux), which is deliberately bringing in metadata collection soon (...) Surely this kind of thing is against Linux ethics?
I'd think so, but then, just because a program is (also) available for Linux, that doesn't mean the author supports Linux ethics.
Can you tell us which program you are talking about? Maybe we can help you find a suitable replacement.
Thanks for your post, Moem, and kind of you to offer about a possible solution. The program is krita, and here's the metadata details: https://akapust1n.wordpress.com
. I've read around a bit and this could be similar to the Canonical issues? ... saying there's no personal identifying, but they're still taking data. The vision statement went a bit sour and a different direction recently, and the latest update is for Windows only, too. I've asked as neutrally as possible today about when the metadata-collecting releases are due out. EDIT: just received a reply saying they don't know when it'll come in, there'll be anonymity and the ability to opt out (although the earlier link hadn't detailed that) and linking me to this: https://community.kde.org/Policies/Telemetry_Policy
. I've just searched a bit more myself and it looks like the telemetry will be included in Krita 4.0 and not in any 3.2 versions.
It's the only big painting program on Linux (for professional use, too) ... Mypaint is a simple alternative, and gimp with the painter plugin is useable but too complex for me. I can set short cuts as I need in krita, and just separate using it for art and not be otherwise involved further. I'm not happy with any metadata direction, and can't see the real need for it.
EDIT (14 December): https://krita.org/en/item/krita-development-sprint-2017/
. The telemetry is still intended, but not ready yet, so any appimages at this point shouldn't have it in. Somebody wants to do a thesis on how Krita works ... yay
... so I imagine it'll come in at some point.