Even though the telemetry change made a month ago was opt-in (not active unless user made it so) many were upset about how it was introduced. That was reversed by the project and some improvements have come out of all of this (and yes there is still the fork button if things go downhill):
- Its fundamental changes to get to v3 have been more rapid that in earlier development cycles. On the roadmap is, as Keary puts it, "a new coat of paint" for the user interface
- Keary is "interviewing users and creating online spaces to interact with those users in an effort to determine priorities and approaches to the program's development going forward." He also says that Audacity will publish design mockups for users to comment on before those changes are shipped. In other words, Muse Group is listening to the community.
- Muse Group apologised, backed off the telemetry change, and says it will self-host a Sentry-based system for tracking crashes and checking for software updates, and drop the telemetry for now. If, like most Linux users, you install Audacity using your package manager, even these will most likely not be included.
- Audacity still requires no registration, or any personal information, to be used.
See Audacity is a poster child for what can be achieved with open-source software
If Muse Group's stewardship takes a wrong turn, there's always the fork button