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shovelware /shuh'v*l-weir`/ n.

1. Extra software dumped onto a CD-ROM or tape to fill up the remaining space on the medium after the software distribution it's intended to carry, but not integrated with the distribution.

2. A slipshod compilation of software dumped onto a CD-ROM without much care for organization or even usability.


The term shovelware was originally used to describe software packages released for personal computers that tried to fit as many programs on the then new CD-ROM format, regardless of actually quality or usefulness of these programs. Modern examples can be seen in the budget PC software section of your local retail or electronics store with titles such as 100 Windows Games. Many shovelware packages consist of shareware and freeware.

Shovelware has also come to refer to individual games that were rushed to market without regard to quality.

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