6 thoughts on “Software Definitions in 2014: Shareware Vs Freeware

  1. Most apps that you download onto your mobile device fall under the category of shareware. A lot of them allow some use, but cost money to unlock full use. Even truly free apps limit your access. That is, you can’t freely distribute the apps outside of the app store or without the rights holder’s permission.

    However, some app creators allow distribution of a free app. As long as end-users know how to download them and load them onto their devices. These types of apps really are free applications.

  2. Open source is a different thing entirely. Some free applications are open-source, but not all. Open-source applications consists of programs that the copyright holder releases with a license. The licensing allows users and other developers to tinker with the code. These licenses can vary widely, but it’s usually developers that need to understand them most.

    Applications become open-source when developers release them with the source code and a governing license. This licensing usually allows creators to modify the existing code. When they modify the code they can create their own spinoffs of the product, or they can add the code to the project. That code can then become a part of future iterations of the project.

  3. Yes, if you’re the copyright owner, then you can still do what you please with your application. You will notice that a lot of applications out there come with a license for individual use only. Enterprise use requires a licensed purchase. That’s one way that creators have monetized their programs, while still giving back to the community their program represents.

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