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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 151 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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CoverGloobus is a desktop coverart&media controller that can also display lyrics to the currently playing song: http://gloobus.net/coverglobus/
Polipo is a small and fast caching web proxy: http://www.pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr/~jch/software/polipo/ dtach is a program that emulates the detach feature of screen: http://sourceforge.net/projects/dtach/ LilyTerm - a light, but functional terminal emulator: http://lilyterm.luna.com.tw/
Gramps is a genealogy program for Linux, Windows, Mac, and FreeBSD that allows you to easily build and keep track of your family tree: https://gramps-project.org/ OpenMW is a new and modern engine based on the one that runs the 2002 open-world RPG Morrowind: https://openmw.org/en/ "... Treesheets - the ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases ...": http://strlen.com/treesheets/
Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music: http://www.subsonic.org/ Gwibber is an open source microblogging client: http://gwibber.com/ Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Cheese Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus: http://xournal.sourceforge.net/
zpaq is a free and open source (GPL v3) incremental, journaling command-line archiver: http://mattmahoney.net/dc/zpaq.html Rofi - a popup window switcher: https://davedavenport.github.io/rofi/ gobar - minimalistic X status bar in pure Go: https://github.com/KenjiTakahashi/gobar charted - A charting tool that produces automatic, shareable charts from any data file: http://www.charted.co/ Pithos is a native Pandora Radio client: http://pithos.github.io/
Skippy-XD is a full-screen task-switcher: https://code.google.com/p/skippy-xd/ HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat: https://hexchat.github.io/ "... Bombono DVD - DVD authoring program with nice and clean GUI ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/bombono/ mooedit text editor: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mooedit/ "... Lime Text is a powerful and elegant text editor primarily developed in Go that aims to be a Free and open-source software successor to Sublime Text ...": http://limetext.org/ "... MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It also makes it easy for developers to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and Mac OS X maintaining a single code base for all platforms ...": http://www.monodevelop.com/
"... 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/
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
Thanks Panzer for the various suggestions. Phototonic has now been added and this makes it the 150th application selected on this list.
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
"... 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/
"... 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
"... 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/
"... 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/
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/
Link for Gnome Do redirects you to some unwanted page ... Fix needed ...
Thanks Panzer for pointing out. The link has now been updated to a new site.
Mopher is a mail filter application that implements Sendmails Milter API with the main purpose of filtering spam: http://mopher.org/
"... 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
Atom - a hackable text editor for the 21st Century: https://atom.io/
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
"... 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/
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/
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
"... Snapper - The ultimate snapshot tool for Linux ...": http://snapper.io/
"... 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/
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

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