What Is “Free Software”?
Free software has been around for years, even before the web! Free software comes in many flavors, (see below for definitions), and while it is true that there is a lot of “junkware” out in the wild, there are also some real gems that often rival or exceed the more expensive paid software that accomplishes the same thing. You do have to exercise some caution while obtaining the “Free Software”, but hey, it can be worth it in the end. Over the years we have used numerous free version of the software, and enjoyed them so much that we purchased the full version. Just be sure to read the definitions of what software downloading means, and BE SURE to check out the link at the bottom of this post for more tips. Also look at the legal disclaimer at the bottom of this post.
Trialware: Software that can be run for a limited period of time before it expires. In order to keep running the application, a registration key (password) must be purchased and entered into the trial version, or a new, full version must be installed.
Freeware: Like shareware, freeware is software you can download, pass around, and distribute without any initial payment. However, the great part about freeware is that you never have to pay for it. No 30 day limit, no demo versions, no disabled features — it’s totally free. Things like minor program updates and small games are commonly distributed as freeware. Though freeware does not cost anything, it is still copyrighted, so other people can’t market the software as their own.
Shareware: Shareware is software that you can use on a trial basis before paying for it. Unlike freeware, shareware often has limited functionality or may only be used for a limited time before requiring payment and registration. Once you pay for a shareware program, the program is fully functional and the time limit is removed.
Demoware: Demoware (also termed trialware or shareware) is a type of proprietary software which is provided to users for a certain limited trial basis and pursuant to a license which restricts any commercial benefit, use or exploitation of the software.
See these links for the tips and trick to downloading free software from the web.
A brief but select list of free software programs.
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