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Free Software - Explanation?


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#1 tekchallenged

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:18 AM

There are many free software programs available. Could somebody explain to me why it exists? How do software companies fund their activities if they don't get money for what they make?
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:33 AM

Some free software, I'd venture to say most, isn't made by companies.
It's made by individuals that had a need for a program, so they made it, then decided to share it, because they thought it might be of use to someone else.
Much like we share information, here, free of charge.

Some individuals just like to write code for programs, they think others might have a need for.
They just do it, for the fun of it, not the money.

Some companies offer free software to draw your attention to them, in the hopes that you might purchase some of their pay-for programs.
Advertising.

Edited by tg1911, 01 April 2007 - 03:34 AM.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:14 AM

Thanks tg1911 :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:36 AM

You're welcome, tekchallenged
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:23 AM

In addition to the two categories mentioned by TG1911, namely people who like to code and also like to share their work and secondly, companies that provide a free version of their software in addition to a more fully-featured version, there is a third category that should never be overlooked: the open source community, which is produced Linux, Mozilla, and OpenOffice to name only a few major accomplishments.
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