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Why Is There Freeware?


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#1 snyper

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 04:22 AM

Theres no such thing as a free lunch. Rite?!

Something ive always wondered, why do people develop free software like AVG, spyblaster ah,, cant go into it theres tonnes of them in all areas, but why? what benefit is in it for them??

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 07:11 AM

hi snyper. I guess there is freeware because out of some of the people that try it they are bound to get some donations or people will buy the full version.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 07:23 AM

Why does the Red Cross help disaster victims? There are richer benefits than just monetary.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 07:30 AM

Why does the Red Cross help disaster victims? There are richer benefits than just monetary.


True..
Also, the fact that more people will download a program if it is free. Therefore, the company will recieve a lot of publicity, and people who think that it is a reasonable program will tell their friends, who in turn will download it. Although not everyone will donate money to the company, some will, and this is where many companies, both small and large, are funded. This allows for them to expand, and their products improve, to an extent that they are able to make people pay for them. They will still keep the freeware versions, but will also offer programs that you have to pay for.

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#5 snyper

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 08:04 AM

Why does the Red Cross help disaster victims? There are richer benefits than just monetary.



Yes but there is such an abundance of them out there that i doubt that they are all offered out of self gratification...but i do take and agree with what you say in part..

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 10:55 AM

Making freeware has it's benefits too.

Openoffice.org for example is freeware (under the GNU Public License), and they may be free just to hurt MS Office market share.

So by making freeware you can also hurt your competitors who actually pay for alternative programs.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:26 AM

Openoffice.org for example is freeware (under the GNU Public License), and they may be free just to hurt MS Office market share


Ah , yes i see.. that makes sence.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:52 AM

Open source projects work from a different perspective than do commercial companies who offer free versions of their products. The latter do so for many reasons: notoriety and good press or word-of-mouth, selling upgrades, beta testing. Open source projects are created both to satisfy a belief in a better way (collaborative independent work) to develope code and products, as well as a philosophy that such works should be freely available to use, modify, or enhance. Take for example, the mission statement of OO.o:

" To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format."

http://about.openoffice.org/index.html#mission

Consider the implications of the words I have emphasized, that could as easily reflect the Mozilla folks as well.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 03:26 AM

Thanks john. Sounds like the definitive ans to me!

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 06:16 PM

Just thought I'd give some terms for you guys to google: Free Software Foundation, Richard Stahlman, Linus Torvalds, Larry Wall

There's more, but google those and you should get a reasonable introduction.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 03:23 AM

Thanks Banditflyer.
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