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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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CDi Collection
CDi Collection
collection
687
ITEMS
0
VIEWS
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A collection of CDi (Interactive CD-ROM) CD-ROMs from the 1990s and 2000s.
FreeBSD CD-ROM Media Collection
FreeBSD CD-ROM Media Collection
collection
109
ITEMS
14,776
VIEWS
collection

eye 14,776

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.
Wayzata CD-ROM Collection
Wayzata CD-ROM Collection
collection
86
ITEMS
22,555
VIEWS
collection

eye 22,555

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.
CD-ROM Movie Press Kits
CD-ROM Movie Press Kits
collection
259
ITEMS
14,862
VIEWS
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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.
The AOL CD-ROM Collection
The AOL CD-ROM Collection
collection
380
ITEMS
130,549
VIEWS
by America On-Line
collection

eye 130,549

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 Walnut Creek CD-ROM Collection
The Walnut Creek CD-ROM Collection
collection
223
ITEMS
290,653
VIEWS
by Walnut Creek
collection

eye 290,653

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.
Exploded CD-ROMs
Exploded CD-ROMs
collection
31
ITEMS
159,294
VIEWS
collection

eye 159,294

"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.
Commodore Amiga Compatible CD-ROMs
Commodore Amiga Compatible CD-ROMs
collection
262
ITEMS
506,126
VIEWS
collection

eye 506,126

A collection of CD-ROMs for the Commodore Amiga/CD32/CDTV, primarily from the 1990-2000 era.
Topic: Commodore Amiga
Photo and Clip Art CD-ROMs
Photo and Clip Art CD-ROMs
collection
355
ITEMS
2,654
VIEWS
collection

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CD-ROMs that would provide compilations of photos or clip art, for re-use or enjoyment.
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Game Press Kits
CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Game Press Kits
collection
721
ITEMS
55,192
VIEWS
collection

eye 55,192

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.
Linux Distributions
Linux Distributions
collection
782
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
collection

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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.
Underground CD-ROM Compilations
Underground CD-ROM Compilations
collection
910
ITEMS
98,116
VIEWS
collection

eye 98,116

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.
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
collection
6,390
ITEMS
2.7M
VIEWS
by Various
collection

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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
Installation and Driver CD-ROMs
Installation and Driver CD-ROMs
collection
3,646
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
by Various
collection

eye 1.1M

CD-ROM images of driver discs, installation media, and documentation companions that were included with hardware or operating systems.
XBox CD-ROM Collection
XBox CD-ROM Collection
collection
2,222
ITEMS
3.1M
VIEWS
collection

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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.
The DOOM Level CD Collection
The DOOM Level CD Collection
collection
88
ITEMS
7.8M
VIEWS
collection

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"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....
Shareware CD-ROMs
Shareware CD-ROMs
collection
3,332
ITEMS
11.4M
VIEWS
collection

eye 11.4M

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
CD-ROM Software Library
CD-ROM Software Library
collection
41,777
ITEMS
55.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 55.1M

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...