I frequently get questions from folks who download some free software only to find out that it’s not free at all, and they get quite upset at having been misled.
Except that they weren’t misled. Not really. Had they read more closely, they would have realized that “free” wasn’t really free at all.
That’s not to say there aren’t misleading advertisements out there – there are. But even the completely up-front and honest ones are sometimes easy to misunderstand.
So let’s look at some variations of “free” that aren’t really free at all.