public domain software


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public domain software

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public domain software

Software in which ownership has been relinquished to the public at large. See public domain, freeware, shareware, proprietary software and open source.
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Public domain software can be sent via email through the newsgroup soc.culture.romanian on the Internet, and the mailgroup romanians@sep.-stanford.edu (based at Stanford University, also on the Internet).
And it lets me load public domain software too, which gives me hundreds of additional titles to choose from."
A thorn in the side of the software industry has been the advent of public domain software. Such software is considered public because it is free to anyone who wants to load it into a PC.
Thus, the risk of virus attack should be minimized by limiting public domain software, maintaining wire-protected master copies of software and data and backing up operating systems onto diskettes.
Authors of both shareware and public domain software find that associating their work with a specific BBS offers long-term rewards.
Public domain software and shareware are similar but not identical.

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