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CD-ROM Software Collection

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware ...



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CD and DVD Coverdiscs
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
collection
7,286
ITEMS
2.8M
VIEWS
by Various
collection

eye 2.8M

In the early years of home computer ownership, magazines and newsletters might come bundled with a floppy disk to make it easier to load up programs discussed within their pages. These attached floppies (and cassettes as well) might have one or two programs on them. After the dawn of CD-ROMs, packed-in CD-ROMs (and later DVD-ROMs) expanded out into lauded utilities and games, and also included drivers, demos, promotional material (including game trailers), and ultimately could be entire...
Topics: software, magazines, cd-rom, dvd-rom, dvd, cd
CD-ROM Movie Press Kits
CD-ROM Movie Press Kits
collection
259
ITEMS
22,421
VIEWS
collection

eye 22,421

CD-ROM-based press and information kits for a variety of media projects and movies. A staple of 1990s movies, these include clips, writings and photographs for use by online sites as well as newspapers.
CD-ROM Software Library
CD-ROM Software Library
collection
43,111
ITEMS
58.7M
VIEWS
collection

eye 58.7M

This is a wide and variant collection of CD-ROM based software, that is, software that came on a CD-ROM for installation on computers, or played in consoles. Ranging from applications and games to gatherings of public-domain software or clip art, the heyday of the CD-ROM is roughly 1989 to 2001. In all cases, the capacity of the CD-ROM stayed steady at 640-700mb a side, although some used tricks to claim they had more (due to compression, or adding up both sides of two-sided CD-ROMs). Most are...
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Game Press Kits
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Game Press Kits
collection
720
ITEMS
93,397
VIEWS
collection

eye 93,397

A collection of CDs and DVDs (as well as some accompanying files and texts) provided by game companies for the purposes of press attention. This includes collections of game asset images, screenshots, and descriptions into a CD or DVD. These are not to be confused with game press versions, where a demo or playable game is provided for review and preview; these items only give media for the use of articles.
CDi Collection
CDi Collection
collection
686
ITEMS
26,707
VIEWS
collection

eye 26,707

A collection of CDi (Interactive CD-ROM) CD-ROMs from the 1990s and 2000s.
Commodore Amiga Compatible CD-ROMs
Commodore Amiga Compatible CD-ROMs
collection
262
ITEMS
521,887
VIEWS
collection

eye 521,887

A collection of CD-ROMs for the Commodore Amiga/CD32/CDTV, primarily from the 1990-2000 era.
Topic: Commodore Amiga
Disc Station Magazine
Disc Station Magazine
collection
59
ITEMS
2,112
VIEWS
collection

eye 2,112

Disc Station is a disk magazine published by Compile from 1988 to 2000. Originally sold on floppy disks with an accompanying print manual for MSX computers on a mostly monthly basis, it was briefly retitled Disc Station 98 from 1990 to 1992 during its initial shift to NEC's PC-98 platform. In 1993, Disc Station returned to its original name, and began being sold as a quarterly print magazine with pack-in software. From 1996 through to the final issue in 2000, the software portion was offered on...
Topic: diskmags
Exploded CD-ROMs
Exploded CD-ROMs
collection
31
ITEMS
175,705
VIEWS
collection

eye 175,705

"Exploded" CD-ROMs are CD-ROM images that have been gone through and remixed into modern playable materials, like texts, audio, video and so on, in the Internet Archive's players.
FreeBSD CD-ROM Media Collection
FreeBSD CD-ROM Media Collection
collection
109
ITEMS
15,634
VIEWS
collection

eye 15,634

Collection of FreeBSD Installation media, primarily from Walnut Creek CD-ROM. Contains installation programs, data files, optional installation files, instructions, and other support data related to the FreeBSD Operating system.
IBM PC Compatible CD-ROMs
IBM PC Compatible CD-ROMs
collection
97
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 1.1M

A collection of IBM PC CD-ROM Based Software, primarily from the 1990-2000 era.
Installation and Driver CD-ROMs
Installation and Driver CD-ROMs
collection
4,048
ITEMS
1.3M
VIEWS
by Various
collection

eye 1.3M

CD-ROM images of driver discs, installation media, and documentation companions that were included with hardware or operating systems.
Linux Distributions
Linux Distributions
collection
785
ITEMS
2.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 2.1M

The Linux Distribution Archive is a growing collection of media for the installation of Linux on various systems from the past 20 years. Since its formation in the early 1990s, the open source nature of Linux has ensured great variation in the release of distributions, including variations on floppy disk, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and online-only.
Lotus SmartSuite Collection
collection
76
ITEMS
40,656
VIEWS
collection

eye 40,656

The Lotus SmartSuite collection for Microsoft Windows and OS/2. It includes Lotus 1-2-3 and other software products released by Lotus Development Corp. in the 1990s and early 2000s. The suite included these major applications: Lotus 1-2-3 , spreadsheet Word Pro / Ami Pro , word processor Freelance Graphics , presentations Approach , database  Organizer , calendar and personal information manager (PIM) Wikipedia has more information about Lotus and SmartSuite.
Topics: SmartSuite, Lotus, Lotus SmartSuite
Microsoft Licensing
Microsoft Licensing
collection
770
ITEMS
108,533
VIEWS
by Microsoft
collection

eye 108,533

Topic: Microsoft Licensing
Microsoft MAPS
Microsoft MAPS
collection
47
ITEMS
16,965
VIEWS
collection

eye 16,965

Description Forthcoming
Microsoft Select
Microsoft Select
collection
948
ITEMS
137,227
VIEWS
by Microsoft
collection

eye 137,227

Collection of Microsoft Select CD-ROM Update Kits. "Receipt of your enrollment will automatically generate your one free Select CD-ROM Update Kit subscription that will run for the duration of the enrollment. Subscription customers will automatically receive a Select CD-ROM Update Kit approximately every 45 days or eight (8) kits per year until the end of their Microsoft Select Agreement. These shipments will be grouped by month of release and by language groups within each pool...
Topic: Microsoft Select
Microsoft TechNet
Microsoft TechNet
collection
130
ITEMS
25,821
VIEWS
collection

eye 25,821

Collection of CD’s released in Microsoft TechNet program.
Topic: Microsoft TechNet
Photo and Clip Art CD-ROMs
Photo and Clip Art CD-ROMs
collection
696
ITEMS
24,893
VIEWS
collection

eye 24,893

CD-ROMs that would provide compilations of photos or clip art, for re-use or enjoyment.
Promotional CD-ROMs
Promotional CD-ROMs
collection
0
ITEMS
0
VIEWS
collection

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CD-ROMs intended to promote a product, service or item. Usually included as a wrap-in with other products as a bonus.
Shareware CD-ROMs
Shareware CD-ROMs
collection
3,404
ITEMS
11.9M
VIEWS
collection

eye 11.9M

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find...
Topics: Mark Fugitt, Mike Laybourn, sysop, RBBS software
The AOL CD-ROM Collection
The AOL CD-ROM Collection
collection
380
ITEMS
142,225
VIEWS
by America On-Line
collection

eye 142,225

In the early 1990s, the service provider America On-Line (AOL) initiated a new "carpet-bombing" approach to acquiring new members, sending free CD-ROMs throughout the USA offering trial access to the service. This approach grew AOL from 200,000 accounts to over 22 million. Along the way, millions of CD-ROMs were produced for AOL, at one point representing 50% of all CDs being manufactured worldwide. As a result, millions of CDs landed in the world and went to all sorts of locations,...
The DOOM Level CD Collection
The DOOM Level CD Collection
collection
88
ITEMS
8.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 8.1M

"Doom WAD is the default format of package files for the video game Doom or its sequel Doom II, that contain sprites, levels, and game data. WAD stands for "Where's All the Data?" Immediately after its release in 1993, Doom attracted a sizeable following of players who created their own mods for WAD files—packages containing levels, graphics and other game data—and played a vital part in spawning the mod-making culture which is now commonplace for first-person shooters....
The Nokia N-Gage Collection
The Nokia N-Gage Collection
collection
282
ITEMS
8,970
VIEWS
collection

eye 8,970

The Nokia N-Gage is a smartphone combining features of a mobile phone and a handheld game system developed by Nokia, announced on 4 November 2002 and released on 7 October 2003. It runs the original Series 60 platform on Symbian OS v6.1. This collection aims to preserve any software related to the Nokia N-Gage for posterity.
Topics: Nokia N-Gage, Symbian
The Walnut Creek CD-ROM Collection
The Walnut Creek CD-ROM Collection
collection
223
ITEMS
299,778
VIEWS
by Walnut Creek
collection

eye 299,778

Walnut Creek CDROM (of Walnut Creek, California) was an early provider of freeware, shareware and free software on CD-ROMs. The company was founded in August 1991 by Bob Bruce and was one of the first commercial distributors of free software on CD-ROMs. The company produced hundreds of titles on CD-ROMs, and ran the busiest FTP site on the Internet, ftp.cdrom.com, for many years. The CD-ROMs in this collection were imaged from original Walnut Creek CDs.
Underground CD-ROM Compilations
Underground CD-ROM Compilations
collection
912
ITEMS
173,255
VIEWS
collection

eye 173,255

Throughout the lifespan of CD-ROMs, a number of groups and teams throughout the world have sought to remix or modify software to allow it to be compiled in large numbers, allowing markets and locations lacking any other software distribution the tools to use their sometimes-out-of-date systems. Occasionally, these teams had branding and the cd-roms were created during "ghost shifts" of overnight hours of CD-ROM duplicators.
WDR Computer Club CD-ROMs
WDR Computer Club CD-ROMs
collection
45
ITEMS
4,820
VIEWS
collection

eye 4,820

Der WDR Computerclub im Westdeutschen Rundfunk war eine der ersten deutschen Fernsehsendungen, die sich mit den Themen Computer und Technik im Allgemeinen beschäftigte. Sie wurde zwischen 1981 und 2003 in zahlreichen dritten Programmen des deutschen Fernsehens ausgestrahlt. Von August 1994 bis Juli 1998 wurde auch eine CD namens Computer-Club-Digital produziert. Sie enthielt ein Video der Sendung und aktuelle Software. Auch diese neue Art der Vermittlung von Informationen gehörte zu den...
Wayzata CD-ROM Collection
Wayzata CD-ROM Collection
collection
86
ITEMS
24,024
VIEWS
collection

eye 24,024

Wayzata CD-ROM was one of the earliest publishers of CD-ROM software, primarily for Macintosh but also for the general ISO-9660 compatible platforms. After producing a flurry of products, the company went out of business in 1996.
XBox CD-ROM Collection
XBox CD-ROM Collection
collection
2,222
ITEMS
3.4M
VIEWS
collection

eye 3.4M

The Xbox is a home video game console and the first installment in the Xbox series of consoles manufactured by Microsoft. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, followed by Australia, Europe and Japan in 2002. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market. It is a sixth generation console, and competed with Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube. It was also the first console produced by an American company since the Atari Jaguar ceased production in 1996.