Just a periodic reminder: Microsoft's VSCode is not open source. No more than Google's Chrome is. Both are based on open source projects (Chromium and the unimaginatively-named VSCodium are open source) but include proprietary stuff like fonts, integrations, and telemetry. If a software app isn't entirely FOSS, it's entirely proprietary. If you're using VSCode or Chrome, you're not using open source.

And I stand corrected - I had the dependency the wrong way around. @nuclear points out that MSFT's VSCode codebase is not available under a proper OSI/FSF approved license (plus it includes telemetry and other undesirables), so the VSCodium project has been set up by people (independent of MSFT?) wanting to rehabilitate the salvageable code.

As I've noted before: yeah, MSFT loves open source. Like a tapeworm loves a healthy digestive system.

Technically the editor's source code is available under MIT: github.com/Microsoft/vscode

However the builds featured on code.visualstudio.com/ contain additional "Microsoft customizations", which are only available under Microsoft's standard proprietary license.

To create a fully free software version of the editor, the VS Codium project was created.


@nuclear I'm afraid I've never had any interest in using either version as I have an aversion to anything MSFT ;) But good to know so I can advise others.

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