Difference between Freeware, Open Source, Shareware, Trial version, etc

Terms such as Freeware, Free Software, Open source, Shareware, Trialware, Adware, Nagware, etc. are often used to define programs. Do we really know the difference between freeware and open source software – although both are used loosely and interchangeably? I guess most computer users don’t! So, in this post, we’ll try to clarify the subtle … Read more

What are the differences between open source and free software?

This question is a classic among computer scientists. But the difference between these two movements ultimately lies in the values they underlie. Below is an excellent article reproduced from developpez.com that describes these subtle differences. According to Richard Stallman, the fundamental difference between the two concepts lies in their philosophy: “Open source is a development … Read more

What is free software?

Software is an essential element in the functioning of a given computer system. Today, there are different types of software, among which is free software. However, some people tend to confuse it with other types of software such as free software or open source. Do you have a vague idea of what free software is, … Read more

What is Shareware? What you need to know

You might wonder “what is shareware software?” Shareware is often mistaken for its cousin, freeware. Despite differences, shareware carries many benefits and risks that freeware might introduce. Shareware is usually safe but can sometimes be a potential vehicle for delivering viruses and other malicious payloads. We’ve all become familiar with downloading free software — whether … Read more

Freeware vs. Shareware vs. Open Source

During the last decade or so, software deployment for both SMBs and enterprise has become rather problematic – not so much on the upscaling part, but rather on the number of licenses an institution has to purchase and renew. The costs can be ginormous, which is the very reason why the company owner resorts to … Read more

Guide to Legal and Ethical Use of Software

Using Software: A Guide to the Ethical and Legal Use of Software for Members of the Academic Community Software enables us to accomplish many different tasks with computers. Unfortunately, in order to get our work done quickly and conveniently, some people make and use unauthorized software copies. The purpose of this guideline is to provide … Read more