Open Source has long had the reputation of being the absolute best in terms of software, specifically because the developers did it for the love of doing it, and gave it away in both binary (compiled) in some cases, and source code.
Sadly, recent events have shown this trend is changing. Developers are (and perhaps rightly?) wanting to be recompensed for the programs they are developing, but sadly, are going about it in completely the wrong fashion.
First we had the excellent PDFCreator force installing crapware, irrespective of whether you asked it not to install the toolbar or not (witnessed this myself and have since ditched it for an older version that didn't come with the crap), and now we've got the extremely popular NoScript developers going one step further.
Not only are NoScript apparently bundling the Ask crapware (* See update), according to the following comment on the AdBlockPlus blog;
I've not got FireFox, and my test machine is down until I can replace the HDD, so I've asked the ladies and gents at Calendar of Updates to verify this for me.
However, this isn't the most disgusting part - it gets worse. NoScripts developers aren't satisfied that users are blocking adverts on their site, so not only are they displaying the changelog, filled with adverts, every time it updates - they are meddling with AdBlockPlus to forcibly prevent it from disabling the adverts on it's website.
The behaviour displayed by the NoScript developers is abhorrent, especially given the lambasting people dole out when told that Open Source isn't immune from the problems of their closed source counterparts. Hopefully Mozilla, as recommended in the AdBlockPlus blog, will remove NoScript from their website, and people using it will ditch it (though I doubt it) as developers/companies that employ this kind of behaviour need to be taught that we, the users, won't stand for it and will stop using their products if they do this.
The following also makes for interesting reading.
I'm happy to report, several people have checked the report of the inclusion of the Ask toolbar for me, and none have found this to be the case, so at this point, we're unsure where Dorothy's finding comes from.