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Re: Telemetry on by default kitty

From: Bone Baboon
Subject: Re: Telemetry on by default kitty
Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2021 22:03:15 -0400

Leo Prikler writes:
> Am Samstag, den 12.06.2021, 23:44 +0200 schrieb Tobias Geerinckx-Rice:
>> Bone Baboon 写道:
>> > Should the patch be to remove the kitty package?
>> No.  The telemetry.

While I appreciate the invitation to write a patch for kitty's telemetry
I am not going to write that patch.  My rational is explained below.

> If I read terminals.scm, we already disable the telemetry in kitty:
>> (invoke "python3" "" "linux-package"
>>         ;; Do not phone home.
>>         "--update-check-interval=0"
> @Bone: Did you notice any other telemetry during your further code
> review (or are you still in the process of reviewing the code)?  If
> not, please try to cross-check Guix sources to see whether we already
> disable telemetry, so as to not cause unwarranted panic :)

It appears problematic to patch kitty's telemetry for several reasons.

kitt's lead developer did not explaining kitty's telemetry when asked
for further information.  It is not clear if kitty performs other kinds
of telemetry as well.  It would seem that the only way to make sure that
all undesirable telemetry is removed would be a full review of kitty's
source code.

kitty's lead developer thinks that the telemetry in kitty is
acceptable.  So there would need to be an ongoing review of commits to
the kitty source code to ensure that undesirable telemetry is not added
in the future.

I have never been a kitty user and seeing the position kitty's lead
developer holds on telemetry I will not be a kitty user in the future.
I will not be reviewing the kitty source code or future commits to the
kitty source code.

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