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Thread: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

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    Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    Sorry if this has been asked before, or if it's a stupid question.

    But why does anyone make freeware, does anyone have anything to gain by programming something for free, giving it away for free, but still refusing access to the source code of it?

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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    I think the definition on Wikipedia sums it up.

    Freeware is copyrighted computer software which is made available for use free of charge, for an unlimited time. Authors of freeware often want to "give something to the community", but also want to retain control of any future development of the software.
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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    So you get credit for the work you do.

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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    Whydoes anyone make Freeware?
    Ego.
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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    It's just a matter of control. A freeware author can still distribute to everybody, but he or she can decide in which direction it goes next.

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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    So, basically control freaks and people trying to look nicer than they actually are?

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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    No, its just ego. Any FOSS piece of software that is started by a development team can retain full control of the project if they so desire and others might do patches and even forks of the project. Open source doesn't means somebody will kidnap your project and take it away from you: take Mozilla and their trademark of "Firefox".

    Im surprised you are on an Ubuntu forum and you don't realize that: its exactly what Ubuntu does to Debian, what Mint does to Ubuntu, etc.

    If you close the source you but still want it free it just means that you are not interested in money but in the glory: the recognition of having created a great piece of software and knowing nobody else will take your code and improve it as a fork.

    Its just ego.
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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    Could be nice guys who think that once they went to the trouble of writing a program for their own use they might just as soon let others use it, too.
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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    yeah, they shouldn't make it free at all!

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    Re: Whydoes anyone make Freeware?

    Personally I just find Freeware suspicious, with programs you pay for generally you can trust them since the company that hires the programmers is held accountable and would keep it in their best interess to make sure it works. (Same with a few very well known freeware like Opera)

    But with Freeware I have no idea whether or not to trust the program or whether it's just some virus pretending to be whatever it says it is, maybe I'm just paranoid, but there's something about someone giving you a free program, but refusing to let you see how it works that makes me kinda suspicious about running it

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