Public Domain - Public Domain

While freely distributed software existed before the 16 bit era, it was the Atari ST, Amiga and PC where public domain software thrived. One popular way for distributing freeware and shareware before the Internet were public domain series. Some series on the Atari ST even lasted for more than 1000 disks!

AtariUpToDate had references to public domain disks for a long time, but now you can browse the disks by series and disk number. As long as a program is linked to the database you can read the individual program description. A random image is selected for each disk as well. The current selection of public domain series is just a start - the Floppyshop, FaST Club and Budgie series will follow. Unfortunately, many international public domain series haven’t been archived.

While not the biggest library, ST-Computer PD was the most popular in Germany and a source of various other public domain series. Most public domain series were in fact distributed and advertised by Atari ST magazines. Exceptions are 4U and PD Pool which were curated by Atari dealers.

The golden age of public domain series came to an end in 1993/94 when various magazines ceased publication, the ST declined in popularity and the first shareware cd-roms offered thousands of programs for the price of five floppy disks. Finally the Internet offered access to the most up-to-date programs immediately instead of relying on a series of physical disks.


Standard support
GEMScript
OLGA
BubbleGEM
Programs written in...
Assembler
GFA-Basic
Puree C