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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 152 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126211.aspx

 

"... AcidRip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/

"... Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio ...":

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

"... Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices and tensors. Maxima yields high precision numerical results by using exact fractions, arbitrary-precision integers and variable-precision floating-point numbers. Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions ...":

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

Visual Studio Code - build and debug modern web and cloud applications:

https://code.visualstudio.com/

"... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/slidecrunch/
"... Impressive is a program that displays PDF presentation slides with style. Smooth alpha-blended slide transitions are provided for the sake of eye candy, but in addition to this, Impressive offers some unique tools that are very useful for presentations ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/impressive/
"... Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources ...": http://www.synfig.org/cms/

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface:

https://lutris.net/

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

Nomacs for Linux:

http://nomacs.org/

http://nomacs.org/download/

 

Mednafen is a portable, utilizing OpenGL and SDL, argument(command-line)-driven multi-system emulator:

http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/

 

Kanboard is a simple visual task board software:

http://kanboard.net/

http://kanboard.net/documentation (installation instructions)

"... KMediaTorrent allows you to stream bittorrent magnet links right from XBMC/KODI, without having to wait for the whole file to download, thanks to sequential download ...": https://github.com/jmarth/plugin.video.kmediatorrent
"... dupeGuru is a tool to find duplicate files on your computer. It can scan either filenames or contents. The filename scan features a fuzzy matching algorithm that can find duplicate filenames even when they are not exactly the same ...": http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/
"... DAR is a command-line backup and archiving tool that uses selective compression (not compressing already compressed files), strong encryption, may split an archive in different files of given size and provides on-fly hashing. DAR knows how to perform full, differential, incremental and decremental backups. It provides testing, diffing, merging, listing and of course data extracting from existing archives ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/dar/
Extundelete is a utility to undelete files from an ext3 or ext4 partition: http://sourceforge.net/projects/extundelete/ GitLab Community Edition: https://about.gitlab.com/ ClusterSSH controls a number of xterm windows via a single graphical console window to allow commands to be interactively run on multiple servers over an ssh connection: http://sourceforge.net/projects/clusterssh/ Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that's built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript: http://brackets.io/
"... Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest, which was inspired by earlier "voxel world" games such as Infiniminer. Gameplay puts players in a fully destructible 3D game world where they can place and dig numerous types of blocks, items and creatures using a variety of tools. Inside the game world players can build structures, artworks and anything else their creativity can think of on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes ...": http://voxelands.com/
Dianara is a Pump.io client: http://dianara.nongnu.org/ Streamtuner2 is an internet radio browser: http://sourceforge.net/projects/streamtuner2/ Holtz: http://holtz.sourceforge.net/index.php "... Galois is a computer game of the "falling blocks" type, but with unique features. Unlike most other games of that type, it is not limited to blocks made of four two-dimensional, square bricks: you can choose among several different brick shapes, blocks composed of more or less bricks, and even between two- and three-dimensional games ...": http://www.nongnu.org/galois/

pulseaudio-equalizer is a multiband audio frequency equalizer; a super tone control. It needs to be on your multimedia page because it took me 2 hours to find it. You can install it in Debian variants (I have Mint 17.1) by cuttin' and pastin' this into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

The whole sad story of why it's missing from distros is here:
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/03/install-pulseaudio-with-built-in-system.html

"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users. It's based on a custom Webkit port to FLTK and comes licensed under the GPLv3 ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/fifth-browser/ NetRider Browser - WebKit based with FLTK GUI: http://sourceforge.net/projects/netrider/
"... Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical ...": http://www.quassel-irc.org/
docker-rpm-builder - build native RPM packages by leveraging docker capabilities: https://github.com/alanfranz/docker-rpm-builder
"... FossaMail is a free, open source, mail, news and chat client for Microsoft Windows and Linux (available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) based on Mozilla Thunderbird. It is a re-build of Mozilla Thunderbird ESR (Extended Support Releases) that has been optimized and reconfigured by the same developer behind Pale Moon browser ...": http://www.fossamail.org/

Evo/Lution an installer that installs Arch Linux with no additions or alterations.

http://www.evolutionlinux.com/

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