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'''Freeware''' is software that is released by the developer completely free, but the developer continues to hold the copyright. Freeware has no agreed upon definition, but, for the purposes of this site, it refers to any software where the copyright holder not only allows totally free distribution, but doesn't monetize the product in other ways, for example, by displaying advertisements or nagging the user to buy a deluxe version. "Freeware" is not a legal term or distribution license, though there are many licenses which can be described as freeware like the Creative Commons License and the Gnu Public License.
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'''Freeware''' is a [[software distribution model]] where the developer allows their software to be used completely free, while continuing to hold the copyright. Sometimes freeware is even [[open source]], but not always. Freeware is not a legal term or distribution license, and therefore has no agreed upon definition, but, for the purposes of this site, "freeware" is software that has [[crippleware|all its features intact]], never [[nagware|asks for money]], and doesn't include [[adware|any advertisements]]. There are many distribution licenses which can be described as freeware like the Creative Commons License and the Gnu Public License.
  
Although I love free software, I recognize that it's usually inferior to commercial software, and I often find that it's frequently in a state of disrepair because the developers got bored and never bothered to shore up various bugs or half-finished features. However, for a great deal of the tasks I need a computer to do, I have found a great deal of decent free programs.
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Although I love free software, I recognize that, because the developer isn't receiving any money for the program, it's usually inferior compared to commercial software. Freeware is also often in a state of disrepair with half-finished features and unfixed bugs. However, there are a lot of mature freeware programs available for a great deal of the tasks average users use on a computer.
  
* [[:Category:Free Software|Software]]
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==Software==
* [[:Category:Freeware Games|Video Games]]
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* [[:Category:Software Distribution Model - Freeware|All Freeware Software]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:50, 15 October 2019

Freeware is a software distribution model where the developer allows their software to be used completely free, while continuing to hold the copyright. Sometimes freeware is even open source, but not always. Freeware is not a legal term or distribution license, and therefore has no agreed upon definition, but, for the purposes of this site, "freeware" is software that has all its features intact, never asks for money, and doesn't include any advertisements. There are many distribution licenses which can be described as freeware like the Creative Commons License and the Gnu Public License.

Although I love free software, I recognize that, because the developer isn't receiving any money for the program, it's usually inferior compared to commercial software. Freeware is also often in a state of disrepair with half-finished features and unfixed bugs. However, there are a lot of mature freeware programs available for a great deal of the tasks average users use on a computer.

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