Visual Studio Code
Hi all, I work on the VS Code team. This came up the other day in stand up and the initial plan was to deprecate and eventually remove the old setting. Several of us pushed back and said while we may deprecate the setting in favor of something else, the old setting should always be respected due to the sensitivity around telemetry.
If there's any confusion around this messaging it's because this discussion literally happened 2 days ago. I'll reopen https://github.com/microsoft/vscode/issues/134660 to make sure we clear up confusion.
binary releases of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing
Microsoft tries to make you believe it’s not the case, but VSCode is proprietary if you download the official builds. Don’t use it!
The Vscodium project  exists and provides builds directly from the source.
This version has none of the user-hostile behavior! It also makes you realize Microsoft’s new round of EEE overreach when you see that the maintainers have to provide the extensions through an own repository and the default C# debugger doesn’t work for licensing reasons.
Don’t trust Microsoft. Use the code they give you, not the proprietary product based on it.
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:atom: The hackable text editor
> Why aren't the Atom people working on VSC instead?
Looks like the original contributors have mostly moved on to other projects, and activity is significantly diminished, but it's an open source project and they've not gone out of their way to block the community from continuing.
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binary releases [+Darwin_ARM64] of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing (by tibeer)
Ha, I was considering mentioning it. Here are the Apple Silicon builds: https://github.com/tibeer/vscodium/releases
Well, for Windows there is https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10 to help manage telemetry and other settings, though the OS resets certain user choices after updates.
Though, if possible, consider using GNU/Linux whenever possible - distros like Debian have historically had little controversies around them, even package popularity metrics are presented as a choice to you during install time as a clear choice: https://popcon.debian.org/
Certain other distros like Ubuntu have a bit more controversy surrounding them, for example, the snaps package mechanism which takes away the user's control over updates by default, though that's more of a security hole and a stability risk, rather than aggressive telemetry related (unless it's introduced by the package creators, a la Audacity's plans that were later rolled back https://github.com/audacity/audacity/pull/835).
Of course, if you truly care about your privacy and open software, you might as well use a fully GNU distribution, such as Trisquel, though there are factors like hardware compatibility and software availability which could pose challenges in such cases: https://trisquel.info/
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