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Redistributable Software

Redistributable software is software that anyone is free to redistribute for use by others. Redistributable software generally falls into two categories: free software that may be legally changed or modified as desired by a user, and proprietary software that may not be legally changed or modified by a user (i.e. freeware, shareware, demo/trial versions).

Redistribution was critical to the success of early PC software, as physical sharing of disks and loaning of software to friends allowed software to enjoy wide adoption in the days before widespread internet use and high-speed connections.

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