Bug#898259: RFP: vscode -- Microsoft Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code regularly comes up in discussions. Several GSoC
students have asked about using it for Python projects.
Upstream releases the source code under an MIT license on Github
They also distribute binary versions that may or not be built from an
identical code base and contain other (non-free) license clauses. The
differences are discussed in Github. It is suggested that the
difference between the source and binary version is like the difference
between chromium and chrome.
Various people have commented about the product sending telemetry
data to the upstream but it is not clear if that happens if it is built
from the source but presumably that can be patched.
The FAQ also mentions auto-updates, that also appears to be something
that would be unexpected for a package user.
There is some background information about the product on Wikipedia.
Any feedback about the suitability of this software as a package or the
use of this software for free software development in general and
alternatives (whether packaged or not) would be welcome.