freeware

freeware

[free-wair]
noun
computer software distributed without charge.
Compare shareware.


Origin:
1980–85

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freeware (ˈfriːˌwɛə)
 
n
computer software that may be distributed and used without payment

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Science Dictionary
freeware   (frē'wâr')  Pronunciation Key 
Software that is available to users for free. Freeware is often made available for downloading over the Internet.
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freeware

n. [common] Free software, often written by enthusiasts and distributed by users' groups, or via electronic mail, local bulletin boards, Usenet, or other electronic media. At one time, `freeware' was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman, the author of the well-known MS-DOS comm program PC-TALK III. It wasn't enforced after his mysterious disappearance and presumed death in 1984. See shareware, FRS.
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freeware definition

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Software, often written by enthusiasts and distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the World-Wide Web, electronic mail, bulletin boards, Usenet, or other electronic media.
At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman. It wasn't enforced after his death.
"Freeware" should not be confused with "free software" (roughly, software with unrestricted redistribution) or "shareware" (software distributed without charge for which users can pay voluntarily).
Jim Knopf's story (http://freewarehof.org/sstory.html).
[Jargon File]
(2003-07-26)
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