Best Free Software for Linux

 

Introduction

LinuxLinux, occasionally referred to as GNU/Linux, is an open source and free operating system predominantly known for its use in servers, but has increasingly become commonplace in desktop, notebook and netbook computers in recent years after newer and enhanced versions of Linux distributions, Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example, are developed and offered free to users.

While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the LibreOffice application suite.

Among various free applications, here you might find the best free software for Linux, including those products reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

Other programs that work as potential alternatives to Windows applications or even perform better than them are also listed here for the benefit of users who migrate from Windows to Linux or run dual systems on their computers.

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Summary

This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 145 applications in 97 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.

 

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by Panzer on 25. July 2014 - 9:01  (117575)

"... YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index ...":
http://yacy.net/en/

by vandamme on 22. July 2014 - 17:45  (117491)

Haroopad, an interesting HTML editor. It was reviewed favorably on last Sunday's Linux Action Show from Jupiter Broadcasting. I haven't tried because I usually use a WYSIWYG editor, but it looks useful.

"... Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating
web-friendly documents. You can author professional-looking documents of various formats: blog posts,
slides, presentations, reports, email and more ...":

http://pad.haroopress.com/user.html

by Panzer on 23. July 2014 - 7:20  (117503)

already posted by me on 23. September 2013 (page 2) - thanx anyway ...

by vandamme on 23. July 2014 - 12:08  (117514)

Ooops. One of these days I'll figure out how to find stuff here.

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 8:05  (117479)

nmh (new MH) is a powerful electronic mail handling system. It consists of a collection of fairly simple single-purpose programs to send, receive, save, retrieve, and manipulate e-mail messages:
http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:59  (117478)

"... Panini is a visual tool for creating perspective views from panoramic and wide angle photographs. More than a pano viewer, more than a view camera, with features of both ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pvqt/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:38  (117476)

zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
http://zsilencer.com/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:12  (117473)

nbwmon - ncurses bandwidth monitor:
https://github.com/defer-/nbwmon

by Panzer on 21. July 2014 - 9:17  (117449)

mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer (command line player, no official GUI):
http://mpv.io/
https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/releases

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 8:58  (117367)

Breach - A browser for the HTML5 era. Entirely written in Javascript. Free. Modular. Hackable:
http://breach.cc/

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 8:06  (117366)

"... WebPG is a free, open source suite of tools to bring GnuPG/PGP (gpg, gnupg) to the browser, in an effort to make cryptographic methods usable, safe and accessible to the common man ...":
https://webpg.org/

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 7:52  (117365)

demimove - a file browser for mass renaming:

Features:

- Interactivity: Demimove allows adding/removing of (multiple) targets quickly by mouse interaction (instead of or complementary to matching via regex/globbing patterns).
- Automatic Previews: Demimove provides an automatic and immediate preview of any change.
- Performance: Demimove is fast, thanks to Qt and its QFileSystemModel. Even thousands of files are no problem (although there's a ceiling, as always).
- Commit History: You can undo any commit, although currently only in order of last to first.
- Multiple Pattern Support: You can have any number of match and filter patterns by separating them with a slash ("/").
- Recursive support: Demimove supports recursive lookups and renames. You can specify the depth of the recursion.
- Config File: You can save and restore options to and from a file (~/.config/demimove/demimove.ini):

https://github.com/mikar/demimove

by Panzer on 7. July 2014 - 8:24  (117193)

Beets is the media library management system for obsessive-compulsive music geeks:
http://beets.radbox.org/

by Panzer on 18. June 2014 - 9:06  (116813)

"... PowerTOP is a Linux tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management.

In addition to being a diagnostic tool, PowerTOP also has an interactive mode where the user can experiment various power management settings for cases where the Linux distribution has not enabled these settings ...":
https://01.org/powertop/overview

by Panzer on 17. June 2014 - 8:18  (116801)

"... SnapRAID is an application able to make a partial backup of your disk array. If some of the disks of your array fail, even if they are completely broken, you will be able to recover their content. It's only a partial backup, because it doesn't allow to recover from a failure of the whole array, but only if the number of failed disks are under a predefined limit ...":
http://snapraid.sourceforge.net/faq.html

Magpie - Git-backed Evernote replacement:
https://magpie-notes.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by JDCNS on 16. June 2014 - 17:43  (116792)

FreeFileSync I used to love, but the last couple of available versions had some pretty weird bugs. It seems that they are not actively updating the 32 bit version any longer, so I ended up rolling my own.

Dropbox has changed their TOS, and it is now evident that the only thing that keeps their employees from viewing your data are their rules. I no longer trust them, and I moved financial data to Wuala, which is also free for up to 5GB.

Shotwell is a good replacement for Picasa, BTW. I use it all the time b/c Picasa pictures don't count against your disk quota.

In the "I'm surprised this isn't even mentioned" department, NixNote (used to be NeverNote) is an excellent (IMO) front end for Evernote. Since there are clients available for iOS and Windows (and I assume Android as well), this makes it a nice cross-platform solution with the addition of NixNote.

Otherwise, interesting list. There are some on here I've never heard of in spite of looking for alternatives in the past.

by Panzer on 4. June 2014 - 8:27  (116611)

The Gnome Encfs Manager (or short GEncfsM) is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes featuring per-stash configuration, Gnome Keyring support, a tray menu inspired by Cryptkeeper and lots of unique features:
http://www.libertyzero.com/GEncfsM/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:20  (116555)

"... Mosh - Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.

Mosh is a replacement for SSH. It's more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links ...":
http://mosh.mit.edu/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:16  (116554)

Syncthing replaces Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet:
http://syncthing.net/

by Ratzo on 9. June 2014 - 5:30  (116693)

yes syncthing is an interesting concept I like it

by Panzer on 25. April 2014 - 9:50  (115887)

Bookie - bookmark your web:
http://docs.bmark.us/en/latest/

by Panzer on 22. March 2014 - 9:19  (115178)

Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions, the right way:
https://asciinema.org/

by Panzer on 17. March 2014 - 10:25  (115069)

Something for the kids:

Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
http://ri-li.sourceforge.net/

by Ancaeus on 17. March 2014 - 6:00  (115062)

Picasa 3 is apparently no longer available for Linux. At least, the website (picasa.google.com) claims that it is "not currently available for your operating system." I am running Ubuntu. And, I tried the download page with both Chrome and Firefox, just to rule-out some kind of browser--OS recognition problem.

The Ubuntu Software Center still offers Picasa. But this version causes my whole computer to freeze. I was hoping that a software update would fix this problem. Alas, it is not to be.

by Jojo Yee on 17. March 2014 - 6:20  (115064)

Thanks for your comment Ancaeus. Picasa for Linux is no more supported by the developer. It has now been removed from the list.

According to Google's Official Blog, the WINE-based version of Picasa for Linux was launched in 2006 as a Google Labs project. They were deprecating Picasa for Linux during the Spring cleaning.

by vandamme on 25. February 2014 - 14:01  (114644)

Video editors: PiTiVi is improving quickly and deserves a look. KDenLive has always been reliable for me. OpenShot is easy and quick, kind of like Windows Movie Maker (except it works).

by Panzer on 6. February 2014 - 10:10  (114283)

gdiskdump:
https://launchpad.net/gdiskdump

I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z:
https://launchpad.net/i-nex

Marlin - a sleek and fast GTK3 file manager:
https://launchpad.net/marlin

bro pages show concise, common-case examples for Unix commands:
http://bropages.org/

by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:24  (114203)
by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:11  (114202)

TimeShift is a system restore utility which takes incremental snapshots of the system using rsync and hard-links. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo all changes that were made to the system after the snapshot was taken. Snapshots can be taken manually or at regular intervals using scheduled jobs:
https://launchpad.net/timeshift

FFmpeg Little Helper - an easy to use FFmpeg code generator:
http://rodrigopolo.com/ffmpeg/

by Panzer on 28. January 2014 - 9:12  (114025)

TLP – Linux Advanced Power Management:
http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

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