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Freeware, a portmanteau of free and software, is a popular term which denotes that a given application is available for use either without monetary compensation to the author or owner of the application, or with a suggested donation (a sub-classification of freeware referred to as donationware).

Freeware is distinct from open-source software in that generally freeware is closed source (just like commercial software) but distributed without charge to the user. The author/owner of the software maintains rights to the software.

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