I've been using VSCodium for a year or so because of this.
I'm assuming that the only thing reverse-engineering VSCode binaries will find is the aforementioned telemetry, but the provision is there in their license.
I don't understand why anyone would use proprietary binaries from a company like Microsoft when there's a direct, free alternative.
There could be reasons. I use proprietary binaries because mostly they allow for quicker support than using only open source. Plus, I use Windows anyway, there's no open source version of that, lol.
But it depends on your priorities. I just realized that trying to keep my information out of hands of corporations is a waste of my time, they already have everything they need. So might as well take advantage of it.
Thank you for pointing that I am also seriously thinking about using VSCodium in the interim. But its time also to see other alternatives.
May I suggest Jetbrains products ? I've switched to PHPStorm and Pycharm years ago and never looked back.
Plus they're completely closed source so at least you know where you stand.
It's funny for someone to recommend closed source for that kind of reason, but it's not stupid: things that only appear free are basically trojans.
Important to note that PHPStorm and Pycharm aren't completely closed source.
github.com/jetbrains contains the Intellij Community edition where both Pycharm and PHPStorm are built on as well as the PHP and Python plugins.
Oh wow, I had no idea, thanks for pointing that out !
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