Open Source Codeium Improves AI Chat in VS Code Tool – Visual Studio Magazine

Codeium, a free and open source alternative to the for-pay GitHub Copilot AI-powered coding assistant, recently received improvements to its chat functionality and various other capabilities.
Creator Exafunction Inc. made news earlier this year by contrasting its free offering with the GitHub Copilot tool, claiming that Codeium provides similar code-completion functionality without emitting code with non-permissive licensing such as General Public License (GPL). Even though the GPL license guarantees end users the four freedoms to run, study, share and modify software, it’s described as a non-permissive license, as we explained in the April article, “Open Source Codeium Challenges GitHub Copilot, Strips Out Non-Permissive GPL Code.” The company detailed its arguments in a post titled, “GitHub Copilot Emits GPL. Codeium Does Not.
However, that’s not the only point of contrast made by the Codeium team, as this graphic shows:
That chat experience — leveraging breakthroughs in generative AI machine language models — comes in tools for Visual Studio Code and JetBrains IDEs.
The VS Code tool, “Codeium: AI Coding Autocomplete and Chat for Python, Javascript, Typescript, Java, Go, and more,” has been installed nearly 375,000 times as of this writing, with the extension description stating it provides:
“The biggest highlight was obviously bringing the Chat experience to all JetBrains IDEs,” the changelist said. “What may be less visible is the tons of backend work to unify a lot of how the VS Code and JetBrains Chat experiences operate. This is important because it will allow us to much more rapidly bring Chat to all of our other IDEs (and propagate any future changes).” The JetBrains tool shows nearly 170,000 downloads as of this writing.
There were also plenty of improvements to the VS Code tool, however, including new multi-window capabilities.
“We have also enabled multi-window Codeium Chat in VS Code,” the Codeium team said. “Have a few different threads of thought going on in parallel? No problem, just open up another window!”
Other improvements in the changelist as presented by the Codeium team include:
Various other tweaks were also detailed.
The changelist said there were now “up to many hundreds of thousands of developers on the platform,” which also comes in a for-pay enterprise offering that provides additional features and capabilities such as self-hosting, personalizing on codebases and team analytics.
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