Software, often written by enthusiasts and
distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the
web, electronic mail, bulletin boards,
Usenet, or other electronic media.
At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew
. It wasn't enforced after his death.
"Freeware" should not be confused with "free software
(roughly, software with unrestricted redistribution) or
" (software distributed without charge for which
users can pay voluntarily).
Jim Knopf's story
Last updated: 2003-07-26
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