Today I am writing about VSCodium the opensource version of VSCode without telemetry that for me personally is faster than the VSCode official version.
The good thing about this project is that you already get the installer for your system so you don't need to build from source.
Also as far as I tested all the extension from the marketplace works and your user data will not be recorded. I think this is a good solution for projects that need confidentiality.
The VSCodium project and installers can be downloaded from here https://vscodium.com/
What do you think Dear Reader, would you give VSCodium a spin?
Tim Bachmann asked in the comment section of the article for an explanation on the following:
How (if at all) does VSCodium prevent plugins from sending their own telemetry data?
I got in touch with the VSCodium Team using their GitHub and they had the following to say through @stripedpajamas :
Hi @wolfiton -- first of all thanks again for writing the article. Second, questions like this one are best sent on in our Gitter chat (gitter.im/VSCodium/lobby) so that the issues don't get too clogged up.
To answer your question: yes! Extensions are 3rd party code and each must be evaluated for telemetry on its own. Many MS-built extensions are programmed to send telemetry and it isn't clear whether or not those extensions honor VSCode/VSCodium's telemetry settings.
Additionally, the marketplace itself should be considered a 3rd party API (owned by Microsoft), so any searches / installations using the marketplace (including from within VSCodium) are most likely being logged and aggregated by the API owner.
For more info there is a small section on our Docs page about it and other parts of VSCodium that "use online services": https://github.com/VSCodium/vscodium/blob/master/DOCS.md
Thank you again @stripedpajamas for the fast response and permission to post the quote above.
Thank you VSCodium Team for the fast response especially,too @stripedpajamas