Can be used freeware for commercial purposes

Licenses for software


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Software: Types and Licenses

Software types

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License forms

  1. "free", source code open
    • Public domain means the author's complete renunciation of his rights.
      .A work is public domainas long as it is no longer subject to copyright.
      In Germany, a total waiver of copyright - for example in favor of the general public - is not possible (this is derived from ยง 29 UrhG).
      There is therefore no public domain software in Germany.
      In the USA you can waive all rights and the public domain work is given the same status as a work that is no longer protected.
    • Free software In addition to freely distributing the program, it also allows users to view and change its source code and distribute modifications.
      • is software whose licenses expressly allow it to be used for any purpose, to be studied, to be modified and to be redistributed in its original or modified form.
      • The source text must be made available by the author.
    • Open source is often synonymous with Free software used, but can also only indicate that the source is open.
  2. "free of charge", i. d. Usually no source code
      • refers to software that is made available by the author for free use.
      • In general usage, this refers to software that is made available by the author for free use.
      • is mostly proprietary and must therefore not be confused with free software.
    • Donationware is freeware, where a possible payment is left up to the user.
    • Peaceware is freeware that forbids any form of "unpeaceful" use.
  3. Test for free, .i. d. Usually no source code
      • Software can be tested before purchasing.
        The term was invented by Bob Wallace, one of the first employees of the US computer company Microsoft.
      • Usually the software can be copied as desired in unchanged form (hence the name).
      • Software can be used free of charge for a certain period of time.
        After the test period (usually 30 days), the software can only be used after registering with the author for a fee.
      • You usually receive the necessary license data by email.
  4. Commercial software
      • As a rule, you only acquire a right to use the software. A license must be purchased prior to use; the author retains the copyright in any case.
      • Full versions on CD / DVD in magazines are usually only intended for personal use, mostly older versions with "inexpensive" updates to the current version, sometimes additional registration required (license key via email)
  5. Special software licenses for "teaching and research"

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What is Free Software?

Wikipedia on this topic:

The following link provides information about the different license models:
"You can now choose from several types of software licenses for many products. We explain what is hidden behind the terms freeware, shareware and open source and present the most common license models from commercial providers."

Free programs for schools
In the workshop on this server you will find information on programs that schools (and private individuals) can use free of charge and without restrictions. These programs belong to the following areas:

  • office program
  • image editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • To draw
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Mind maps
  • Surf offline
  • Create websites
  • reference books

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