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Dear Developers,

it's quite some times that i have been thinking this question and couldn't find a settled answer for it.

it is, "Why would developer want to do a free software development ?"

free i mean is like "free beer"
software development i mean --> they offer the software on the internet for free downloading or "freeware".

so far i found the answer is "advertising". but it couldn't be for so long. i mean even hosting is paying, but why freeware ?

for example, "free download manager", "daemon tools lite", and some others. even some are very generous in "giving" their working result on the net for free.

i didn't against the free thing. only want to know, what could motivate developer to do it ?
sometimes i read that they sacrificed their holiday to develop it, their after work time, their free time... that is a "mean" sacrifice for me. few have specific dedication and/or personal goal...maybe.

but what is exactly the major fact of consideration for doing it ?

Thank you for any attention given to my question.

1st answer:

If you enjoy writing code or have developed something that scratches a personal itch why not give it to other people?

It's like wondering why people dress up as Furries, play board games, participate in sunday league football or cricket, do sudoku...


2nd answer:

I have also thought about that, open source i can understand. Because you got something you want to do with help from others.Freeware I don't know.
I know that Daemon tools lite is released as a light version.You try it, like it and you want more. Then you have to purchase the full version.

So sometimes you release a free version because you have an expensive Full version you want to sell.
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3rd Answer

There is lot more to software then coding. You have to provide technical support, provide bug fixes, implement new features, and upgrade when new OS comes. For a small software it may not be worth to go through all this trouble, especially if expected user base is small.
So if you still want to share it with others then make it freeware.

Also when you use many freeware softwares and when you write a utility yourself then you might want to give back to community.

And as others mentioned, companies do it for advertisement. They provide a reduced functionality software for free and sell a more powerful software.

-Saurabh


Notes:
Previously i posted this message under question/answer section. but someone told me that the place is not for my question. and so i move the message to here. Frown | :(
i also delete the question there, which i found that i shouldn't do that. i am sorry for that. Frown | :(
i posted my question with the already answered one.
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