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    Getting rightfully shredded as closed-source spyware over at HN: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30921231

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      Also being prodded for using the name “Warp” (the name of a popular crate) and also trading on Rust’s name for marketing.

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        Yea they are roasting the CEO alive and rightfully so.

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          I got briefly excited about this, but every argument from that thread about the dangers of closed-source terminals (as well as the long-standing arguments about the dangers of closed-source software in general) still applies. Apparently it sends telemetry to the company that makes it. It’s also mac-only, which makes it useless to me.

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          they’ve come for the terminals now? sigh. why should a terminal emulator call home?

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            I was curios how many apps “call home” on my Android phone, so I install a small app that creates a Virtual VPN (in a lack of a better description) and logs whatever apps are making network calls. I was surprised to see that even my custom keyboard was calling home… It’s everything nowadays.

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            I have most of these features in fish with the default config. Seems weird to use a terminal for not configuring the shell.

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              I don’t understand why xterm (or terminal.app, or whatever) isn’t enough.

              It’s exceedingly rare that I ever have a problem with xterm, and if I do it’s because I was doing something stupid, like cat extremely-large-file.

              I get that Warp is “solving” a collaboration problem, but I also don’t see how a git repo with well documented scripts (in whatever language) can’t do the same.

              Maybe I’m just an old man yelling at clouds though.

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                I understand the product is VC founded. How do they plan to actually produce money with a terminal for when the pay-day comes?

                Also who would invest in a terminal for the 21st century?

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                  How do they plan to actually produce money with a terminal for when the pay-day comes?

                  I wondered the same thing, especially after I read their job posting where they said the quiet thing out loud: “We believe there is an opportunity to build a unicorn-sized business improving the command-line” (emphasis mine).

                  Certainly, some people who create and work on software tools make some money. (I bet some people even make a living doing it.) People paid for licenses to Textmate, and I suspect that many people support iTerm, for example. But a “unicorn-sized” terminal app?

                  Here’s one guess at their hoped-for endgame: they make enough noise that Apple buys them and Warp becomes the new Terminal.app. (I don’t think that’s likely, but I can imagine that as a pitch.) Another guess is that they hope Microsoft buys them, and they become a GitHub-sponsored tool like Atom. All that said, I’m with you: I don’t see a big exit for them.

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                  I tried the beta of this, and … I guess it would be fine, if I expected my terminal emulator to work like an IDE, but I don’t. I expect it to behave like a terminal emulator. I found warp just got In my way every time it tried to “help” me.

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                    I still have a hard time to getting used to URLs being clickable in my terminal, but this made me even less interested in Warp. Aside from all the other red flags, that is.