Knopf at IBM is credited with starting "shareware" in 1981. He started
a database where "freeware" or independent software developers
could offer their software on line on an "honor system" for payment.
This opened up the availability of inexpensive software for the masses.
With the advent of faster speeds and number of users, this distribution
is now very widely used and accepted.
OF SHAREWARE PROFESSIONALS
The best for link: www.sharewarejunkies.com, plus a very good section on the rules of buying or offering shareware.
www.download.com Easy to find,
perhaps the best "shareware search engine on the internet."
garbo.uwasa.fi Based at the University
of Vaasa in Finland, this site has an extensive collection of MS-DOS
www.macupdate.com A comprehensive
site for Macintosh programs, offering reviews, search capability and
lists of new and popular programs.
Allows searching of a database of Windows, Macintosh, OS/2 and Linux
programs; has a list of new titles and some software reviews.
www.tucows.com Perhaps the
most popular "shareware" site on the internet.
www.zdnet.com The Microsoft
magazine of the internet offers perhaps the best and most latest software
available, free or "low cost."