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 148 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.

 

New and Updated Apps:

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by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 8:32  (118635)

Xiki - a shell console with GUI features:
http://xiki.org/
https://github.com/trogdoro/xiki

by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 7:45  (118631)

PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery:
http://prediction.io/

by Panzer on 16. September 2014 - 8:21  (118606)

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It sets up the appropriate environment for compatible backup packages and simplifies the process of running them:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 7:26  (118560)

Puppet, an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification:
https://github.com/puppetlabs/puppet

pinkerton is a standalone tool for working with Docker images:
https://github.com/flynn/flynn/tree/master/pinkerton

Mustache is a logic-less templating system for HTML, config files, anything:
http://mustache.github.io/mustache.1.html

Chaos Monkey:
https://github.com/Netflix/SimianArmy/wiki/Chaos-Monkey

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 6:58  (118559)

Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server:
https://mailinabox.email/

MEGASync:
https://mega.co.nz/#blog_29

by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:09  (118415)

Pale Moon for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pm4linux/

Double Commander:
http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/doublecmd/

X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov:
http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xfe/

tmux is a terminal multiplexer, it enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tmux/

by George.J on 11. September 2014 - 13:30  (118513)

Double Commander is easily the best file manager for Linux :D Very similar to Unreal Commander.

by MidnightCowboy on 6. September 2014 - 7:41  (118416)

I use Pale Moon on Windows so must have a look at this. Thanks. :)

by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:03  (118414)

Remarkable is a powerful markdown editor:
http://remarkableapp.net/

Sunflower file manager:
http://sunflower-fm.org/

xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems:
https://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso/

"... Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. This means that unlike systems like WordPress, Ghost and Drupal which run on your web server expensively building a page every time a visitor requests one, Hugo does the building when you create your content. Since websites are viewed far more often then they are edited, Hugo is optimized for website viewing while providing a great writing experience ...":
http://hugo.spf13.com/

"... MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. ...":
http://www.mediagoblin.org/

by Panzer on 5. September 2014 - 7:56  (118395)

Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer decentralized client:
http://tribler.org/

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:14  (118265)

Limoo - a minimalist image viewer:
http://labs.sialan.org/projects/limoo

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:12  (118264)

"... QWinFF is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful command-line media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. QWinFF provides an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you use ffmpeg easily without having to type a single command. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters like bitrate and sample rate in detail ..."

http://qwinff.github.io/

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:01  (118262)

"... FOG is a free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite. FOG can be used to image Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8 PCs using PXE, PartClone, and a Web GUI to tie it together. Includes features like memory and disk test, disk wipe, av scan & task scheduling ...":
http://fogproject.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/?source=navbar

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 7:49  (118260)

"... slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has:

- first-class mouse support
- GUI editor-like keybindings
- copying/pasting with OS clipboard support
- undo/redo
- syntax highlighting for many languages
- a Sublime-like file sidebar
- select word to highlight other occurrences; double-click to select word
- easy-to-use finding with regex support
- bracket matching
... many other features that will make you leave nano, vim, and emacs behind ...":

https://github.com/slap-editor/slap

by Panzer on 28. August 2014 - 8:28  (118243)

"... Camicri Cube is a portable package manager (Like Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Center, but a portable one) that can be used and run in any platform (Windows, Apt-Based Linux Distributions), online and offline, in flashdrive or any removable devices without installing anything. It enables you to download Linux Applications in any computer, and installs it back to your original computer ...":

https://launchpad.net/camicricube

by Panzer on 27. August 2014 - 8:49  (118219)

Krita is a free digital painting and illustration application:
https://krita.org/

by Jojo Yee on 29. August 2014 - 6:32  (118257)

Krita is now added to the list. Thanks Panzer for valuable suggestions.

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 7:33  (118259)

You are welcome ...

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:58  (118204)

"... MakeHuman is the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for:

- Illustrations
- Animations
- Games
- Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting ...":

http://www.makehuman.org/

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:26  (118203)

"... Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments ...":
http://nixos.org/nix/

by Panzer on 20. August 2014 - 9:32  (118084)

PDF Mod is a simple application for modifying PDF documents.

You can reorder, rotate, and remove pages, export images from a document, edit the title, subject, author, and keywords, and combine documents via drag and drop:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/PdfMod

by Jojo Yee on 21. August 2014 - 4:34  (118110)

It's coincident Panzer as I was trying out the same application before reading your good suggestion. This app works pretty well and is a good alternative to PDF Shuffler. Now added to the list.

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:25  (118202)

Great minds think alike ... ;)

by Panzer on 19. August 2014 - 9:02  (118061)

Lynis is an open source security auditing tool. Its main goal is to audit and harden Unix and Linux based systems:
http://rootkit.nl/projects/lynis.html

by BrollyLSSJ on 16. August 2014 - 9:51  (117986)

WPS Office (formerly known as Kingsoft Office) needs to be added to the office section. I like it much more than LibreOffice / OpenOffice. Also FreeOffice from SoftMaker is also worth mentioning. I like KWPS more, as it is also available for iOS, Android and Windows, while SoftMaker is missing an iOS version.

WPS Office: http://wps-community.org
FreeOffice: http://www.freeoffice.com

by Jojo Yee on 16. August 2014 - 13:50  (117993)

In terms of development, the versions of WPS Office for other platforms are leading but currently the Linux version is still at the stage of Alpha.

by Panzer on 14. August 2014 - 8:25  (117936)

OpenSMTPD is a free implementation of the server-side SMTP protocol as defined by RFC 5321, with some additional standard extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with other systems speaking the SMTP protocol:
https://www.opensmtpd.org/

by Panzer on 12. August 2014 - 7:18  (117899)

Serman is a simple dialog-based systemd service manager. It provides an easy way to manage services with an overview of what is currently enabled, running, etc.:
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/serman/

Tomb generates encrypted storage files to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user:
http://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/

by Panzer on 6. August 2014 - 7:45  (117786)

MyNotex - a free note-taking, document file and activity manager:
https://sites.google.com/site/mynotex/

by Jojo Yee on 6. August 2014 - 10:24  (117788)

A good suggestion Panzer. After a quick try, I note that it's quite a decent note-taking app for Linux with some great features that other software does not have.

Unless I've missed out something, it however seems to be lacking a basic operation to undo and redo edits in multiple levels. Undo editing is provided but it functions as abandoning changes and going back to the note last saved.

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