XIV. Public Download Area:
The Public Download Area (PDA) is a collection of software you may
find useful when interacting with CCN and the Internet. You can download
communication programs, file viewers, utilities, and compression software.
It does NOT contain games, pictures, or any sort of programs not related
to CCN or the Internet. Try a local BBS for those type of programs.
The PDA is accessible from anywhere on CCN by the use of the command
"g pda" (without the quotes).
PDA Software Libraries Available
Some points to keep in mind:
- CCN is in no way responsible if you get a virus from any program
here, so download at your own risk. These files have come from
reputable FTP sites that do extensive virus checking, but that's
not a guarantee. There are virus checkers here that you can use
yourself, but there's no guarantee they're virus free themselves.
It's highly recommended that you check every file you get from the
PDA, either with your own program or one of the ones available
- Since this is a Community Network, there is a bias here toward
Public Domain and Freeware, but there is some Shareware as well.
It is important to realize the distinction:
- Public Domain software may be freely distributed, copied, and
- Freeware may be freely distributed and copied, but the source
code still belongs to the author, and may not be modified or
reused without the consent of the author.
- Shareware is in *no* way free. It is distributed for
evaluation purposes only, and if you use it, you must pay the
original author for it (usually called "registering"). The
process of registering shareware varies, but details can
normally be found within the program's documentation.
- Be aware that these files are sometimes quite large, and may take a
long time to download, even with a fast modem. Generally speaking,
they cannot be broken down into smaller pieces, because that would
be in violation of the original author's distribution
- However, there is a solution. If your comm program supports the
Zmodem download protocol (and most do) then you can use it to get
a large file over several different logins. Zmodem has a special
feature that allows it to resume a file transfer if it is
interrupted. There should be an option somewhere in your software
settings that enables this feature. Once it's on, you can download
as much of a file as possible, then log in again later and get the
rest of it.
- Unless otherwise noted, none of these programs are supported by
the User Support Team, although the volunteers there will make an
effort to deal with any problems you might have.
Each program in the PDA has a description explaining what it is, what
it does, features, etc., and whether it is shareware, freeware, or public
domain. Below the description is a link to the file or files containing
the actual program. Downloading these files is just like downloading a
file in your home directory. Just highlight it, press "d" for download,
and choose a download protocol.