from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Copyrighted software that is available free of charge on a trial basis, usually with the condition that users pay a fee for continued use and support.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun computing A type of
softwarethat is distributedwithout payment but is limited in any combination of functionality, availability, or convenience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Thus I may be missing a nuance that distinguishes shareware from commercial software, but it seems that networking and viral distribution have become so commonplace that shareware is no longer any significant distinction.
So, shareware is just software with a free or limited trial?
He even submitted a screenshot of the program, which consisted of text pointing out that the program was an experiment to see if a useless program could win shareware awards.
Experimenting with shareware is a much more pleasurable experience on a Mac.
Manatune is essentially a creative commons label, applying the notion of shareware to the music business and John Buckman, Magnatune founder, tells an interesting story about why he created the company.
I have never heard piracy rates for shareware aka: downloadable games, but rates are intuitively much higher than software that's too big for a download.
He offered his software as "shareware," meaning customers were able to download the software for free, without copy protection.
You software for the language is improved much that my kind of shareware - where is to be found.
While we've seen the idea of 'shareware' on so many little bits of code for so long, the fact is that 2009 will be the year that Digital Goods will take off.
An artist can even set up a kind of shareware distribution.