Talk:Visual Studio Code
Is Visual Studio Code free software?
It seems that the source code is under MIT... but the binary form is freeware:
This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. - https://code.visualstudio.com/license
I don't believe Visual Studio Code to be free software
The official binaries are not licensed under the same license as the source code is. See here a comment from a VSCode maintainer that describes the process of how the binaries listed on Microsoft's official website are modified before compilation.
VSCodium, however, is free and binaries are licensed under the same license as the source code.
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