A variation of cardware, Emailware, uses the same approach but requires the user to send the author an email. Postcardware, like other "novelty" software distribution terms, is often not strictly enforced.
Cardware is similar to beerware.
The concept was first used by Aaron Giles, author of JPEGView. Another well-known piece of postcardware is the roguelike game Ancient Domains of Mystery, whose author collects postcards from around the world. Orbitron is distributed as postcardware. Exifer is a popular application among digital photographers that has been postcardware. Caledos Automatic Wallpaper Changer is a "still alive" project cardware. "Empathy" is a postcardware for password-protected executables. Dual Module Player and Linux were also postcardware for a long time as well. An example for emailware is the videogame Jump 'n Bump.
Another popular postcardware company is the Laravel package developers from Spatie, which have released over 200 open-source packages to the Laravel framework, which are postcardware licensed, and all shown at their website
- Giles, Aaron. "Aaron's Computing History". Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2006-08-07. Unknown parameter
- "Exifer for Windows". www.friedemann-schmidt.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2016-01-18. Unknown parameter
- Torvalds, Linus. Just for Fun. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0-06-662072-4.
- Jump 'n Bump Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine readme.txt JUMP 'N BUMP by Brainchild Design in 1998 Jump 'n Bump is e-mailware. That means you're supposed to send us an e-mail. Write for example where you're from and what you thought about this game. If you do that, you will greatly encourage us to make more games for you!
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