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 for freeware
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  freeware
      n 1: software that is provided without charge

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  freeware
   n.
  
      [common] Freely-redistributable software, often written by enthusiasts and
      distributed by users' groups, or via electronic mail, local bulletin
      boards, Usenet, or other electronic media. As the culture of the Internet
      has displaced the older BBS world, this term has lost ground to both open
      source and free software; it has increasingly tended to be restricted to
      software distributed in binary rather than source-code form. At one time,
      freeware was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman, the author of the well-known
      MS-DOS comm program PC-TALK III. It wasn't enforced after his mysterious
      disappearance and presumed death in 1984. See shareware, FRS.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  freeware
  
      Software, often written by enthusiasts and
     distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the
     web, electronic mail, bulletin boards,
     Usenet, or other electronic media.
  
     At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew
     Fluegelman.  It wasn't enforced after his death.
  
     "Freeware" should not be confused with "{free software"
     (roughly, software with unrestricted redistribution) or
     "{shareware" (software distributed without charge for which
     users can pay voluntarily).
  
     http://freewarehof.org/sstory.html)">Jim Knopf's story (http://freewarehof.org/sstory.html).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2003-07-26)
  

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