Palemoon points to this discussion on its forum about noscript if you try to install noscript from its source page. Although palemoon, as far as we know, has provided 0 evidence to classify noscript as malware, in the discussion itself that they are promoting as “reason”, their claim is “just a warning“, and that you are free to choose otherwise. NOT TRUE ANYMORE The matter that noscript breaks pages is really no reason as people “choose” to break such pages to protect themselves. Furthermore palemoon has locked and ended this discussion on their forum but on the new edition 28.2 has gone out of its way to block functionality of the addon even if someone forcibly tried to install. Which means their claims in the above mentioned discussion are contradicting their actions. If this is not a violation of freedom (as in free software) in principle, what is? It is also an indication how responsible the palemoon team is with their own claims and statements. If noscript was previously installed and the configuration exists in your home ~/.moonchild_productions it may (but not always) function, or partially function without the ability to allow/deny scripts.
Let us be clear, we have no intension to certify that noscript is absolutely clean, we are in no position in making such claim for any open and/or free software, but when someone claims someone else’s software as malware and blocks it, better be able to demonstrate specific findings and evidence. Palemoon has provided nothing, other than insulting someone else’s work. In this fashion, and we believe more justifiably so, we claim that palemoon is malware for preventing users of protecting themselves with noscript. The wonderful parody FigOSdev wrote about “noscript users be aware of the palemoon malware” is even more serious now than it was thought before.
Do we have a recommendation for an alternative? Yes, waterfox has been doing a great job being fully functional and acting like firefox of the past, only lighter. In some occasions waterfox may require a little more ram than palemoon. There is also Falkon, a KDE browser utilizing Qt5 libraries, if you can tolerate them, but other than it is a full browser and very functional, we have little day to day experience with it since its announcement. It certainly is a vast improvement over Qupzilla of yesterdays.
WHY are we, an anti-systemd site, paying such attention to an “unrelated” matter?
Because we believe this is a byproduct of this shift in paradigm, a new culture in open and free software, brought to you by systemd, redhat, debian, and since they got away and were widely accepted for being nasty and not playing fair, others can follow their example. Expect this trend to continue and spread, software publishers blocking others’ work unnecessarily and enforcing their choices on users on what to do with “other” software. This is free (as in 0 dollars) software against freedom, that is what it is. It is one programmer dictating to the user what other software to use.
This culture is commercially inspired and corroding the foundations of open and free philosophy. It is inflicting on the developer to user relation built on trust. It needs to be openly boycotted and expelled, despite of convenience and individualistic preferences. It is the trojan horse that eventually will bring collapse to all free and all open software. Then, the main actors, the perpetrators of the trend, will be “free” to make more money. The logic “if you don’t like it go shop elsewhere” is against the ideal of free. It is like saying if you want to “buy” bread you must also buy coke, no water for you bread eaters.
Who is to say that palemoon did not ask noscript for a piece of their donation income providing data “palemoon” collects of how many users use the noscript addon, and if noscript refused they were banned. Just think of how likely is it that someone using palemoon instead of firefox to be also wanting to control what scripts are run on their system. They are not the explorer kind of browser user, are they? The alternatives palemoon provides to noscript as simple jokes in functionality and their source is very questionable. Never mind the deduction of “who” might be that doesn’t want widespread use of “noscript” that has influence on “palemoon”.
Never. Keep fighting with all the little freedom you have left to fight for freedom or it will be taken away, for sure. Your freedom is costing someone wealth and power. Ultimate power and ultimate wealth comes in taking it away from those that have it, the very little that has been left for us. Till they shut us down we will keep provoking, insulting, and fighting for what we believe is fair, towards true equality and true freedom. The discussion is open for any defenders of palemoon to show us and every reader how wrong have we been. We would actually like this and expect it. Nobody should have a final word on anything.