Top 12 Ways to Degunk Your PC
Subject:   Whoa Nelly! Beware of tip 6!
Date:   2004-05-27 08:16:59
From:   docsavagemob
Response to: Whoa Nelly! Beware of tip 6!

No. Heh. This is rapidly becoming pointless. "Donationware" usually implies a request by the author for the user to donate to a third party, frequently a charity, if they continue to use the program.

The term "shareware" was first used in the early 80's and programs distributed as shareware were not crippled. You were encouraged by the author to "share" a program you liked with other users who would hopefully continue to pass it on, each user sending money to the author if they intended to keep using the software. It was, at the time, a very different way to distribute software.

I downloaded RFA because of the article describing it and Rose City Software's "shareware" label. I was irritated to find that it wasn't shareware and that I couldn't fully evaluate it without paying them $21.

So I removed it. I wouldn't have downloaded in the first place if I had known it was really crippleware.