One issue is that the author is trying to control the distribution
of his software using the wrong means. I believe that he has the terms Freeware
and Freely Redistributable Software
The second issue has to do with Andreas' definition of Donationware. As I
understand the term Donationware
, you are free to donate, or not. But, I get hung up on Andreas's language, "... you are not free to use...". By saying that you are "free to" and that you "should" donate, and that he wants "no-one to run away with AveDesk for free.", he seems to be straddling the fence between Donationware and Shareware
As for how to list it on TPFC, are other Donationware programs listed? If so, how are they identified? Are uncrippled Shareware programs listed?
Does listing Donationware dilute the Freeware identity of this site? Would listing it blur the distinction between Freeware vs. Donationware?
Perhaps we need a category for Donationware similar to how Payware is handled. Or, Andrew could start a companion site, www.portablekindasortafreeware.com
Two Versions of Andreas' "License" for Reference
Here is what the Readme.txt
file (dated 10/24/2005 in the ZIP file) says:
copyright (c) Andreas Verhoeven 2005
This application or parts of this application may not be distributed without explicit approval of Andreas Verhoeven.
AveDesk is not freeware, but DONATIONWARE. This means that you are not free to use this application if you wish,
but that you should donate a small amount of money to the AveDesk authors if you like AveDesk and use it frequently.
Donating is not enforced, it's rather a legal trick to make sure no-one runs away with AveDesk for free
This is the wording from the Web site
AveDesk is not freeware, but so-called donationware. This means that if you like AveDesk and use it on a regular basis, you have the freedom to donate a small amount of cash to support the development of AveDesk. It also means that you cannot distribute AveDesk in any form without explicit permission of the author (Andreas Verhoeven).
Andreas Verhoeven, 24 October 2005