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Donationware

Donationware is a licensing model that supplies fully operational unrestricted software to the user and requests an optional donation be paid to the programmer or a third-party beneficiary (usually a non-profit).[1] The amount of the donation may also be stipulated by the author, or it may be left to the discretion of the user, based on individual perceptions of the software's value. Since donationware comes fully operational (i.e. not crippleware) when payment is optional, it is a type of freeware.

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  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Red Ryder was a terminal emulation software program created for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s that used donations to fund development. Modern examples include GIMP, Paint.Net, IrfanView, VLC media player, TrueCrypt, FileZilla, Vim, Stickies, and the browser extension AdBlock.[2][3]

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References

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External links

  • Jesse Reichler (2006) Donationware experience – An article describing experiments with donationware at Donationcoder.


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