binary releases of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing (by VSCodium)

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  • The values of Emacs, the Neovim revolution, and the VSCode gorilla
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-17
    The default builds of vscode include telemetry and a non-free license.

    For a truly free build of vscode, you need to use vscodium. See their description: https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium#why-does-this-exist.

    I suspect many developers are unaware of this.

  • Issues after installing VS Code on Debian 10
    reddit.com/r/debian | 2021-01-15
    Download vscodium, https://vscodium.com/ as tar.gz, https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium/releases.
  • news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-13
    Of course VSCode is proprietary malware - unless, as you suggest, you build it yourself and get rid of that proprietary telemetry malware (https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium)

    But please don't suggest that we should praise Microsoft because they're decent enough to almost give us a somewhat convenient-if-you're-a-dev way to avoid being tracked?

  • I received first-ever donation on my open-source side project and it felt great
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-12
    Opt-out telemetry (usually) violates GDPR. This issue is being discussed at https://github.com/microsoft/vscode/issues/47284

    VSCodium is recommended as an alternative https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium

  • Why is VSCode so popular?
    dev.to | 2021-01-10
    Now let's talk about a downside, or rather what some may consider one, by using VSCode you have all their branding and (by default) analytics enabled, not everyone likes these analytics features enabled, so you can disable it in the editor's settings, but some things are still sent to Microsoft, I recommend reading this part of VSCodium's documentation, which is a fork of sorts of VSCode that has all Microsoft branding and telemetry disabled, the downside of this fork is you can't use a lot of extensions as they're proprietary to Microsoft, and don't work on forks / unofficial versions.
  • Microsoft Refuses to Open Source VSCode Python Language Sever
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-01-10
  • FLOSS version of VSCode and the extensions gallery
    reddit.com/r/vscode | 2021-01-06
    The product.json will be reset every time VS Code is updated, since it's part of the distribution and not meant to be modified by users. See here for an explanation by a VSCodium developer.
  • Anyone using VScodium or NodeJS?
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2021-01-02
    Or just download the AppImage (doesn't support automatic updates): https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium/releases/
  • Vscode telemetry on linux in 2020??
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2020-12-26
    Beware. Certain plugins didn't work for me in Code-OSS when I tried it (same goes for VSCodium apparently). I think they were Microsoft-owned plugins like Remote-SSH. For this reason I basically have to use VSCode. If you don't need any Microsoft-owned plugins I don't see why Code-OSS or VSCodium wouldn't be good alternatives, though.
    reddit.com/r/archlinux | 2020-12-26
    Check out VSCodium: VS Code free of telemetry/branding/licensing https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium
  • Scott Hanselman's 2021 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows
    news.ycombinator.com | 2020-12-24
    VSCodium (https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium) is a better alternative. Same but no Microsoft branding and telemetry.


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