Linux-based Raspberry Pi OS is secretly installing a Microsoft repo

I heard about this, but I’ve also heard that not everyone running Raspberry Pi OS has had this repo installed. Nonetheless, at first glance it kind of sketches me out.

I hear that VS Code is a legitimately cool product, but I wonder how often does it call home. Does anyone know?

I don’t know how often but from what I understand from to this reddit comment on how to disable VSCode telemetry it looks like it’s often enough to check for updates. It’s a bit old thread so things may be different. As an alternative you can use VS Codium which is essentially the same without the telemetry, although some extensions might not work properly.