Audacity Package for Ubuntu / Debian

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Thu Jun 11 10:27:43 BST 2009

[ fullquote to maintain context for pkg-multimedia, which are CC'ed ]

Fred Drueck <fdruec1 at> writes:

> Hello all,
> I'm not sure of the excepted etiquette or forum for my request, because I have 
> never wanted to make one like it before, so I'm e-mailing the package 
> maintainers, I figure they are listed by aptitude for a reason, my apologies if 
> I'm offending anyone and/or being a pest and thanks for the work you've done in 
> providing pre-compiled software that I have used.
> As you are probably aware, Ubuntu ships version 1.3.7 of Audacity in the 9.04 
> release, according the audacity website, this is a "beta version", there is 
> also a "stable version", currently 1.2.6.  I have experienced a number of bugs 
> with the "beta" version provided in Ubuntu, it's possible that these are 
> system-specific bugs present in the linux port of the 1.2.x series, but these 
> are definitely bugs I do not encounter using the stable version of Audacity in 
> Windows, while I have experienced a number of similar bugs trying to use a 
> previous 1.3.x version of Audacity in Windows.  Another problem I have i that 
> project files can be imported from Audacity 1.2.x into the 1.3.x branch, but 
> not vice-versa, and I don't want to have to use the un-stable, buggy beta 
> software in Windows as well.  (there are work arounds that I can use to get my 
> date back into 1.2.6, by exporting individual audio tracks to .WAV and then 
> re-importing them one at time, but I would rather not have to do that).
> Anyways, my opinion is that ubuntu should provide the "stable" 1.2.x series of 
> packages from the audacity team as the default option; perhaps offering the 
> "beta" 1.3.x series as well.  (Although I've been having a hell of time trying 
> to build a functional 1.2.6 audacity package, so maybe that's why it's not in 
> the repos)

regarding audacity, ubuntu follows the development in debian closely.
I'm copying the maintainers mailing list for further input.

pkg-multimedia, what do you think? shall we revert to the 1.2 series in
unstable and keep 1.3 in experimental?

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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