Software: free or paid?

When you want to acquire software, it is difficult to choose a software and the question of choosing a free or paid software is often asked.
Software: free or paid
The choice of free or paid software will depend on:
• the type of software you want to install,
• expectations and uses that we will have of it.

Free software: often very good software
Contrary to what one might think, free software is not only limited versions of paid software.
Free software can be very powerful and meet your needs. Certain categories of software exist moreover only in free software, such as Internet browser and instant messenger.

But we must be careful because often we present as free software some versions of paid software tests.
It is therefore important to distinguish between these different programs:
• Software Types Features Examples
• Free software (freeware)
• Free software made available by its creator.
Its use will be free and unlimited.

Skype, Paint.net
Free software is free but whose license also allows the modification and distribution of the software freely. Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Gimp
Software
Open Source Software
Software whose use is free but for which users have access to the source code and can therefore modify it, create derivative programs and redistribute it freely.
Some open source licenses also include free software.
aMSN, Mixx
Software in free trial (shareware)
Software that can be used for free during a given period.
After this period (usually 30 days) you will either need to purchase a software license or remove it from your computer.

Virtual Dj, Mix Vibes
Paid Software: Affordable Prices
To use paid software, you will have to pay for your license.
Paid software can scare some people because of their price. However, be aware that many software is sold at an affordable price.

The price of paid software varies mainly according to:
• of the software category,
• the type of software;
• of the complexity of it.

When you purchase paid software, you get a license number that will allow the publisher to identify you in case of problems and prove that you have purchased the software.

Paid software often offers complete software, regularly updated, and more meeting the needs of professionals in certain areas.

Individuals and professionals tend to buy paid software in the following categories:
• anti-virus,
• office,
• artwork graphics,
• compatibility – management,
• office.
Anyway, before buying any software, you will always be able to benefit from a free trial period.
But be careful not to indulge in the temptation to get paid software illegally and for free thanks to a crack. Indeed, this is considered an act of piracy, reprehensible by law with penalties ranging from a fine to imprisonment.

Downloading, installing and removing software
It is possible to get a paid software by buying a CC or DVD but with the development of the Internet, it is more and more common to get its free or paid software by downloading it directly on the publisher’s website or on download sites.

Software download
When you have chosen a software, to download it, you will have to choose the version of the software according to:
Operating System: Windows, Linux or Mac. But also the version of the operating system (Vista, 7, Xp …)
Language (sometimes the choice of language is made at installation).

You are actually downloading an installation file. It is possible to install the software directly from this file but also to save this file on a CD, an external hard disk, a USB key …

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