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 149 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 21. November 2014 - 9:37  (119783)

"... Photobomb - Hello, Media Peace Officer #S1493. As you know by now, a bomb was detonated in the city square only minutes ago. Our algorithms have been scraping social media to collect photos leading up to the event. We have narrowed the list of suspects to 6 in the vicinity who weren't wearing their ID trackers.

Scour the social media timeline and place the photos in the scene to paint the suspects. Determine the location of the bomb and identify the guilty suspect. Time is of the essence, #S1493. The people want justice. You have 2 minutes ...":
http://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb

amarok-1.4 - an attempt to maintain the classic amarok, based on 1.4.10:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/amarok-14/

by Panzer on 21. November 2014 - 9:11  (119781)

Phototonic is an image viewer and organizer:
http://oferkv.github.io/phototonic/

"... Lyvi is a simple command-line lyrics (and more!) viewer for various audio players ...":
http://ok100.github.io/lyvi/

Voyager is a Image browser in Vala and Gtk+3:
http://alphaos.tuxfamily.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1022

"Light" is a program to control backlight controllers:
https://github.com/haikarainen/light

by Panzer on 21. November 2014 - 9:09  (119780)

Snebu is an efficient incremental snapshot style client/server disk-based backup system for Unix/Linux systems:
http://www.snebu.com/

Ayr is a Bash script which lets you manage menus of application launchers, which can be either executables or desktop files:
http://appstogo.mcfadzean.org.uk/linux.html#ayr

Cleps-Video-Player:
https://github.com/yungtrizzle/Cleps-Video-Player

" ... Playalong - A simple, yet useful music player for musicians ...":
https://github.com/hildensia/playalong

by Panzer on 21. November 2014 - 8:59  (119779)

"... jumanji is a highly customizable and functional web browser based on the libwebkit web content engine and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea behind jumanji is a web browser that provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction like vimperator does ...":
https://pwmt.org/projects/jumanji/

"... whistle aims to be a very minimalistic and basic audio player ...":
https://github.com/ap0calypse/whistle

"... Demlo organizes your music library automatically and dynamically. It runs a chain of user-defined scripts using variables such as tags and file properties. This way it yields virtually unlimited customization power to the user ...:"
http://ambrevar.bitbucket.org/demlo/

Luminescence - plugin-based minimalistic web browser:
http://www.mg0.fr/luminescence/

by Panzer on 21. November 2014 - 8:53  (119778)

"... zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer. It provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction ...":
https://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/

sxiv - simple X image viewer:
https://github.com/muennich/sxiv

by Panzer on 20. November 2014 - 9:33  (119745)

"... emelFM2 ... It is a file manager for UNIX-like operating systems. It uses a simple and efficient interface pioneered by Norton Commander, in the 1980s. The main window is divided into three parts, described as "panes" or "panels". Two of those (side-by-side or top-to-bottom) show the contents of selected filesystem directories. The third pane, at the bottom of the window, shows the output of commands executed within the program. Those panes can be resized, and any one or two of them can be hidden and unhidden, on request. A built-in command-line, toolbar buttons or assigned keys can be used to initiate commands ...":
http://emelfm2.net/

by Panzer on 19. November 2014 - 10:50  (119711)

"... Worker is a two-pane file manager for the X Window System on UN*X. The directories and files are shown in two independent panels supporting a lot of advanced file manipulation features. The main focus is to make managing files easy with full keyboard control, also assisting in finding files and directories by using history of accessed directories, live filtering, and access to commands by using the keyboard ...":
http://www.boomerangsworld.de/cms/worker/

"... 4Pane is a multi-pane, detailed-list file manager for Linux. It is designed to be fully-featured without bloat, and aims for speed rather than visual effects. In addition to standard file manager things, it offers multiple undo and redo of most operations (including deletions), archive management including 'virtual browsing' inside archives, multiple renaming/duplication of files, a terminal emulator and user-defined tools ...":
http://www.4pane.co.uk/index.html

"... Dired is a special mode for editing directory trees, both local and remote. Thus, it resembles traditional "file managers ...":
http://pu.inf.uni-tuebingen.de/users/sperber/software/dired/

by Panzer on 19. November 2014 - 10:27  (119710)

CLI Companion is a Terminal that lets you store commands and create a 'command dictionary.':
https://launchpad.net/clicompanion

"... Tilda is a Linux terminal taking after the likeness of many classic terminals from first person shooter games ... where the terminal has no border and is hidden from the desktop till a key or keys are pressed ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tilda/

Nuvola Player runs a web interface of cloud music services in its own window and provides integration with a Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more):
http://nuvolaplayer.fenryxo.cz/home.html

Aqualung music player:
http://aqualung.factorial.hu/

by Panzer on 14. November 2014 - 9:33  (119616)

Link for Gnome Do redirects you to some unwanted page ... Fix needed ...

by Jojo Yee on 14. November 2014 - 9:42  (119617)

Thanks Panzer for pointing out. The link has now been updated to a new site.

by Panzer on 12. November 2014 - 9:06  (119578)

Mopher is a mail filter application that implements Sendmails Milter API with the main purpose of filtering spam:
http://mopher.org/

by Panzer on 10. November 2014 - 9:19  (119547)

"... War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armoured vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in many of the major combat battles fought during World War 2 and the Korean War, fighting with real players from all around the world ...":
http://warthunder.com/en

by Panzer on 5. November 2014 - 11:05  (119487)

Atom - a hackable text editor for the 21st Century:
https://atom.io/

by Panzer on 5. November 2014 - 10:16  (119485)

I2P is an anonymous network, exposing a simple layer that applications can use to anonymously and securely send messages to each other:
https://geti2p.net/en/about/intro

by Panzer on 4. November 2014 - 8:37  (119466)
by Panzer on 3. November 2014 - 9:00  (119445)

"... NoMachine is the fastest remote desktop you have ever tried. In just a few clicks you can reach any computer in the world and start working on it as if it was right in front of you ...":
https://www.nomachine.com/

by Panzer on 28. October 2014 - 10:37  (119367)

SparkleShare is open-source client software that provides cloud storage and file synchronization services:
http://sparkleshare.org/

Memo is a command line, Unix-style note-taking software:
http://www.ideabyte.net/memo/

Gqrx is a software defined radio receiver:
http://gqrx.dk/

by Panzer on 28. October 2014 - 9:58  (119366)

mps-youtube:

Features:

- Search and play audio/video from YouTube
- Search tracks of albums by album title
- Search and import YouTube playlists
- Create and save local playlists
- Download audio/video
- View video comments
- Works with Python 2.7+ and 3.x
- Works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- Requires mplayer or mpv:

https://github.com/np1/mps-youtube

by Panzer on 23. October 2014 - 7:57  (119301)

"... Snapper - The ultimate snapshot tool for Linux ...":
http://snapper.io/

by Panzer on 21. October 2014 - 9:14  (119274)

"... rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager. Like rEFIt, rEFInd can auto-detect your installed EFI boot loaders and it presents a pretty GUI menu of boot options. rEFInd goes beyond rEFIt in that rEFInd better handles systems with many boot loaders, gives better control over the boot loader search process, and provides the ability for users to define their own boot loader entries ...:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/refind/

by Panzer on 21. October 2014 - 8:20  (119272)

Lariza:

Features:

- A WebKit viewport
- An input box to change the URI or to search the current page
- Built-in launching of suckless' tabbed
- Built-in adblock
- Built-in download manager
- Optimized hotkeys: Left hand on keyboard, right hand on mouse
- Keyword based searching: Opening "wi foo" will search wikipedia
- Global content zoom
- View source mode
- Cooperative instances using FIFOs
- Support for Flash and Java:

https://github.com/vain/lariza

by Panzer on 21. October 2014 - 8:13  (119271)

"... Hastyscribe - a simple, self-contained, command-line program able to convert markdown files into self-contained HTML pages, automatically embedding all the needed fonts, stylesheets and images ...":
https://h3rald.com/hastyscribe/

by Panzer on 21. October 2014 - 8:07  (119270)

"... Conkeror is a keyboard-oriented, highly-customizable, highly-extensible web browser based on Mozilla XULRunner, written mainly in JavaScript, and inspired by exceptional software such as Emacs and vi. Conkeror features a sophisticated keyboard system, allowing users to run commands and interact with content in powerful and novel ways. It is self-documenting, featuring a powerful interactive help system ...":
http://conkeror.org/

Nimrod is a statically typed, imperative programming language that tries to give the programmer ultimate power without compromises on runtime efficiency:
http://nimrod-lang.org/
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Programming/Compilers/Nimrod-40679.shtml

by Whale on 20. October 2014 - 18:15  (119264)

Comix cannot possibly be best comic book reader as its development stopped years ago. MComix for example is a fork with several fixes implemented. But the best one is ACBF Viewer.
Project: https://launchpad.net/acbf
Wiki: http://acbf.wikia.com/
Screenshots: https://plus.google.com/photos/110989843476988874482/albums/569203509770...

by Panzer on 20. October 2014 - 16:17  (119263)

SmokePing keeps track of your network latency:

- Best of breed latency visualisation.
- Interactive graph explorer.
- Wide range of latency measurment plugins.
- Master/Slave System for distributed measurement.
- Highly configurable alerting system.
- Live Latency Charts with the most 'interesting' graphs.
- Free and OpenSource Software written in Perl written by Tobi Oetiker, the creator of MRTG and RRDtool:
http://oss.oetiker.ch/smokeping/

by Panzer on 20. October 2014 - 16:16  (119262)

Bithammer:

Features:

- Listens for BitTorrent clients on the network
- Adds their IPs and MACs to a ban list
- Bans them from the network for as long as the program is running:

https://github.com/MichaelJCole/bithammer

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:42  (119105)

Edit - a relaxing mix of Vi & Acme:
http://c9x.me/edit/

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:39  (119104)

transfer.sh - Command-line file sharing:
https://transfer.sh/

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:37  (119103)

git-sh - a customized bash shell suitable for git work:
https://github.com/rtomayko/git-sh

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:37  (119102)

"... Are you looking for a command that you used recently? Do you want to avoid the need to write long commands over and over again despite you used them recently? Are you looking for a tool that is able to manage your favorite commands?

HSTR is a command line utility that brings improved BASH command completion from the history. It aims to make completion easier and more efficient than Ctrl-r ...":
https://github.com/dvorka/hstr

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