Freeware is copyrighted software for
the computer that’s FREE.
The term 'freeware' may
There is some software which may be include public domain
considered freeware, but it’s actually software and commercial
shareware. It has limited distribution; it software.
may only be downloaded from a
specific site, and cannot be
redistributed. •Some authors create
freeware to “give something
to the community.” Others
•“The term freeware was coined by
want to gain exposure.
Andrew Fluegelman when he wanted to
sell a communications program named
PC-Talk that he had created but for •It is made available free of
which he did not wish to use traditional charge for an unlimited time.
methods of distribution because of their
• The only criterion for being classified as "freeware" is
that the software must be made available for use for an
unlimited time at no cost.
• Everything created with the freeware programs can be
distributed at no cost (ex. graphics, documents, or
sounds made by users).
• The software license may impose one or more other
restrictions on the type of use including personal use,
individual use, and non-profit use.
Terms of Using Freeware
• Copy written freeware has different terms based
on the producer. It may be redistributed or it may
not, it may be modified with permission and
derivative works are encouraged
– Source code
• Public domain freeware can be manipulated,
decompiled and redistributed
• Commercial freeware is usually safer than
others (there have been incidents)
Types of Freeware
– Accounting, Microsoft Office add-ins, Label/Business
– Computers, Language, Engineering
– Action, Adventure, Game Creation
– Animation, Graphic Manipulation (photos)
– Compilers, Editors, HTML Tools
Some good sources
Collection of free programs (freeware, open
source and shareware free for non-commercial
The most visited website out of this four
sources. Propose a great variety.
Classified by categories of freeware
Gives all the new updates on freeware and
also tells the top ten of freewares.
Risk Associated With Freeware
• Poor interfaces
• Difficult installation
• No vendor support
• Users can make
changes to the
• Unwanted or hidden
• Spyware and viruses
• There are hundreds of • Examples of Freeware games
freeware games include:
1) Arch lord is a
• It appears that most MMORPG
applications are not free 2) Cube is a first-person
but rather shareware shooter
• Lots of older games and 3) Eternal Daughter is a
some newer ones adventure game
become freeware when 4) GeneRally is a top-
down arcade racing game
the author of the game
5) Imogen is a cartoon
releases to the public for
platform puzzle game
Edwards, John. "The changing face of freeware." Computer 31.n10 (Oct
1998): 11(3). Computer Database. Gale. Old Dominion University Library. 26 Feb.
Harbrecht, Douglas and Alex Salkever. “An Unwanted Gift for Free File-Swappers: A
Trojan horse unknowingly tucked into software of peer-to-peer services such as
Grokster may now be on millions of hard drives” Business Week. 3 January 2002.
Edwards, Mark Joseph. “FunLove Virus Infects Microsoft Hotfixes.” Windows IT Pro.
Kuruvilla, Anna Elizabeth. “Software Ethics and Legal Use - A clean tech.” IT
Outsourcing India. http://itoutsourcingindia.com/resources/software_ethics.asp
Free Article & Web Content. Amazines