What does freeware mean?

Freeware is software that you can download for free. You do not have the right to distribute the software or sell it. You also may not alter it. The software designer still owns the license and the ability to alter it, edit it, and sell it at will. If they charge you after a trial period, then that is not considered freeware. Freeware may also be only part of a bigger software package, but still they cannot charge you for the free piece later on, if they want to continue to be freeware.

What is open source software?

Open source software is a type of software that has a source code that can be altered by anyone. So you have the ability to download it and change it to fit your needs. You also have the ability to distribute it as you would like to since the software is not owned by anyone.

What is a source code?

Source code is a piece of the software that is not seen by the users while they are using it. It is the code that programmers have written that make the computer read what the program is in order to have it function. In the case of open source, programmers who alter the code can improve the software’s performance by adding in more features, cleaning up any problems, or enhancing what is already there.

Can non-programmers use open source software?

While it could seem like open source software only matters to computer programmers, it is also important for non-programmers. While you may not want to alter the source code, you can still download the open source software for free and use it to your own personal advantage.

Is cloud computing the same as open source?

Cloud computing is the same as remote computing and relies mostly on open source software.

What is the best freeware software that you can use today?

It really depends on what you are trying to use the freeware software for. If you are looking for a freeware version of Microsoft Office, then the ideal freeware for you would be LibreOffice. If you are looking for an alternative to Photoshop, the best alternative in freeware is Gimp. For most of the major software types out there, there should be a freeware alternative.

Is freeware safe to use? What are the risks?

Most mainstream freeware is going to be safe to use. That said, you should run a virus and spyware scan on your computer and do your research before downloading any freeware. Freeware also may not operate quite as well as the paid versions because it is a free version. Sometimes freeware is a lesser version of the main package that you would have to pay for. So do not download freeware and then complain that it is not the name brand version of something. If you want that, then you need to fork out the cash and buy the name brand version of the software.