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Best Free Backgammon for Linux

GNU Backgammon houses the all powerful GnuBG neural network engine in an ambitious freeware project with a wealth of advanced options and capbilities. It is a highly enjoyable powerplay program to delight all backgammon enthusiasts and a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. (Review)

 

Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Linux

BillardGLBillardGL , a brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball. The 3D graphics are second-to-none and the physics appear to be flawless.

The user interface is simple and the controls straightforward. As you assess your next shot, you can view the table layout from any perspective you want, roaming and zooming and peering. (Review)

 

Best Free Breakout Game for Linux

LBreakout2LBreakout2 , an extremely polished Breakout Clone features a two-player mode (local or over the internet or LAN), fine animations and graphics, excellent controls, the ability to save a game, a level editor, and a turbo key.

This game gets regular Level Set updates. The fun continues well beyond when you have mastered the 50+ levels. (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Chess for Linux

PyChessPyChess , with this program, you can play against the GNU Chess engine or lots of other chess engines, such as the Crafty engine. You can also play Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers.

It allows for saving games in the PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats so that you can always return to continue with the games or analyze them. It also offers opening books and other useful features including undo moves, hint and spy modes, sound and animation effects." (Review)

 

HOXChess , a well designed open source Chinese Chess application with highly configurable user interface and multi engines for you to choose from. You can also easily connect to multi remote Xiangqi servers to play the game online. (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Go for Linux

PANDA-glGo , 2D and 3D boards, adjustable board size and engine strength, play online or offline, etc. (Review)

 

Best Free First-Person Shooter for Linux

Urban TerrorUrban Terror , described as fun over realism by the creators, the game has fast paced, intense game-play. Urban Terror doesn't throw realism to the wind mind you, but rather tries to enhance game-play with elements like powerslides and wallhops.

Five different game types, over a thousand servers, plenty of players to go around and no waiting for people to show up. (Review)

 

Best Free Hearts Game for Linux

Gnome Hearts , various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles. (Review)

 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Linux

Picpuz , create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver. (Review)

 

Best Free Lemmings Game for Linux

Pingus , play a free clone of the popular Lemmings game and guide as many penguins as possible to build bridges, climb, bash and use their talents to reach home before they fall into traps. Optional sound effects and music, plenty of level sets and even a level editor are available for challenging your skills.

 

Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Linux

Frozen BubbleFrozen Bubble , designed with colorful 3D rendered penguin animations and 15 stereo sound effects, Frozen Bubble comes with editable 100 levels for 1-player game, or hours and hours of 2-player game. You can also choose to have multi-player game over the local area network or Internet.

Play this game with the left or right key to aim your shot and up key to fire. Hone your skills in speed and accuracy before the bubbles get frozen! (Review)

 

Best Free Physics Game for Linux

Numpty PhysicsNumpty Physics , an excellent open source and multi-platform physics game with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3-year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist! (Review)

 

Best Free Pipe-Building Puzzle for Linux

PipeWalker , solve this casual puzzle in building a piping or network system by connecting all scattered pieces with your logic and skill. With support for four map sizes, themes and auto save, it has multiple levels for you to figure out. A binary package is available here for Ubuntu and compatible distros.

 

Best Free Reversi for Linux

KReversi , 7-level of difficulty, clean and helpful interface, show legal moves and last move, undo moves, hints, animation, etc. (Review)

 

Best Free Sandbox Game for Linux

Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress is so horrendously in depth. It's nearing insanity, everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems and utility stones by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

For the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing. However, the Dwarf Fortress Wiki or captnducks video tutorials may come in handy. (Review)

 

Best Free Simulation Game for Linux

OpenCity , a 3D city simulator like a classic SimCity game for you to construct a city divided into residential, commercial and industrial zones. You can connect them by building roads, provide the city with necessary goods and watch it grow up with the power you supply.

 

TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator) , a multi-platform car racing simulation game allows you to drive different cars in races against computer opponents or human players. The game play allows different types of races from a simple practice session up to the championship while the simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and more. (Review)

 

Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Linux

HoDoKuHoDoKu , an open source program allows you to generate sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

While playing the game, you can select to view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths. When you click on a solution path, it highlights the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. (Review)

 
 

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Gravitation - a video game about mania, melancholia, and the creative process: http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/ Primrose: http://primrose.sourceforge.net/ Cuyo: http://www.karimmi.de/cuyo/ Bastet - "evil" Tetris: http://fph.altervista.org/prog/bastet.html https://github.com/fph/bastet/ Biloba is an abstract strategy board game for 1 to 4 players. At each turn the player moves pawns on a octogonal shaped board (but squared cells) trying to remove opponent's pawns from it: http://biloba.sourceforge.net/ "... Parole is a modern simple media player based on the GStreamer framework and written to fit well in the Xfce desktop. It is designed with simplicity, speed and resource usage in mind ...": http://docs.xfce.org/apps/parole/introduction Gnome Completion-Run Utility: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gmrun/ Ario is a GTK2 client for MPD (Music player daemon). The interface used to browse the library is inspired by Rhythmbox but Ario aims to be much lighter and faster: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ario-player/ Client175 is a full featured MPD web client that provides all of the functionality of a desktop application in your favorite web browser: http://code.google.com/p/client175/ GMPC is a GTK2 frontend for Music Player Daemon: http://gmpclient.org/home "... Rompr is a music player that lets you discover more about the music you love and discover new music you don't even know yet. It is a client for the mpd and mopidy music servers ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/rompr/ Mopidy is a Python application that runs in a terminal or in the background on Linux computers or Macs that have network connectivity and audio output: https://www.mopidy.com/
Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer: http://byobu.co/ "... Use ISO Master to: – Create or customise CD/DVD images – Make Bootable CDs/DVDs – ISO images are great for distributing data files, software, and demos online ...": http://www.littlesvr.ca/isomaster/ http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Environment/File-managers/ISO-Mas... "... Gigolo is a frontend to easily manage connections to local and remote filesystems using GIO/GVfs. It allows you to quickly connect/mount a remote filesystem and manage bookmarks of such ...": http://www.uvena.de/gigolo/ eboard is a chess interface for Unix-like systems (GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc.) based on the GTK+ GUI toolkit: http://www.bergo.eng.br/eboard/ "... ZynAddSubFX is a open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds ...": http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/ Trimage is a cross-platform GUI and command-line interface to optimize image files for websites, using optipng, pngcrush, advpng and jpegoptim, depending on the filetype (currently, PNG and JPG files are supported): http://trimage.org/
Thanks Panzer. ISO Master has now been added to the list. Trimage is good for optimizing images in bulk but I find the RIOT plugin for GIMP works better for individual images with more options.
All games below need Spring engine to run - you can download it here: http://springrts.com/ Conflict Terra is a free, open-source RTS: http://www.moddb.com/games/conflict-terra notadota – On the Edge: http://www.notadota.com/ Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game: http://www.evolutionrts.info/ "... Spring:1944 is a WWII themed game based on the open source Spring Engine. Our goal is to create four fully functional sides (US, Germany, USSR, Britain) with period-accurate units and strengths. Realism is a primary design goal, second only to creating a game that is fun and accessible to play ...": http://spring1944.org/
Gweled is a free version of a popular game called Bejeweled or Diamond Mine for GNU/Linux: http://gweled.org/ easyMP3Gain - Graphical User Interface (GUI) for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain (enables you to modify the loudness level of mp3,ogg,mp4 files): http://sourceforge.net/projects/easymp3gain/ Kadu is an open source Gadu-Gadu and Jabber/XMPP protocol Instant Messenger client: http://www.kadu.im/w/English:Main_Page "... Password Gorilla helps you manage your logins. It stores all your user names and passwords, along with login information and other notes, in a securely encrypted file. A single "master password" is used to protect the file. This way, you only need to remember the single master password, instead of the many logins that you use ...": https://github.com/zdia/gorilla/wiki SpringLobby is a free cross-platform lobby client for the Spring RTS project: http://springlobby.info/landing/index.php
Tablaunch - lightweight and cool-looking X application launchbar: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tablaunch/ SimDock is a fast and customizable dockbar: http://sourceforge.net/projects/simdock/ tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch: http://www.rillion.net/tabble/ BBDock is an application launcher for Blackbox-like window manager that allows you to create application buttons in the slit/dock: http://bbdock.nethence.com/ Solfege is an ear training program: http://www.gnu.org/software/solfege/
"... Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL) audio player for GNU/Linux. It is very straightforward to use thanks to a clean and user-friendly interface ...": http://decibel.silent-blade.org/ Pogo Music Player (fork of Decibel Audio Player): https://launchpad.net/pogo Lollypop is a GNOME music player: http://gnumdk.github.io/lollypop/ "... Potamus is a lightweight GTK-based audio player with a simple interface and an emphasis on high audio quality ...": http://offog.org/code/potamus/ "... qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python, PyQt5, QtWebKit and free software ...": https://github.com/The-Compiler/qutebrowser
wasavi - VI editor for any web page (extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox): http://appsweets.net/wasavi/

Thanks a lot for this list of Linux software.
Yesterday, using probably the wrong application, I was taking hours to sync two folders, then after reading here I learned about FreeFileSync, that finished the job in a few minutes, awesome.

By the way, I see that Truecrypt is still listed, with a link pointing to http://www[dot]truecrypt[dot]org/downloads [Mod: bad link obfuscated], which is currently considered suspicious. Looking for alternatives, so far I tried tcplay, not very user friendly being text only, but it works well with Truecrypt archives.

Welcome your comment Need3. TrueCrypt has now been delisted and replaced with AES Crypt. Give it a try and see how it goes.
"... Keryx is a free, open source application for updating Linux. The Keryx Project started as a way for users with dialup, or low-bandwidth internet to be able to download and update packages on their debian based distribution of linux. Mainly built for Ubuntu, Keryx allows users to select packages to install, check for updates, and download these packages onto a USB portable storage device. The packages are saved onto the device and are then taken back to the Linux box that it originated from and are then installed ...": https://launchpad.net/keryx "... apt-offline is an Offline APT Package Manager for APT based systems, i.e. mostly Debian and Debian derived distributions. apt-offline can fully update/upgrade your disconnected Debian box without the need of connecting it to the network ...": http://apt-offline.alioth.debian.org/
gifify - convert any video file to an optimized animated GIF: https://github.com/vvo/gifify Peru is a tool for including other people's code in your projects: https://github.com/buildinspace/peru By highlighting changes, icdiff can show you the differences between similar files without getting in the way: http://www.jefftk.com/icdiff
"... KA Lite is open-source software that mimics the online experience of Khan Academy for offline situations. Running KA Lite as a local server, you can watch Khan Academy videos, do Khan exercises, and track student progress -- all without needing an Internet connection ...": https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/
"... Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system ... It builds on top of many existing open-source packages: NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, Sympy, Maxima, GAP, FLINT, R and many more ...": http://www.sagemath.org/index.html "... FreeMat is a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source ...:" http://freemat.sourceforge.net/ "... Mutate is a simple launcher ... Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips ...:" https://github.com/qdore/Mutate Sigram - a different telegram client: http://labs.sialan.org/projects/sigram Silicon Empire is a set of tools that burn, copy, backup, manage and … your optical disc: http://labs.sialan.org/projects/silicon FullRecall is a software that can help you memorize knowledge for lifelong periods with the minimum time investment: http://fullrecall.com/ "... Betty is a friendly English-like interface for your command line. Don't remember a command? Ask Betty ...:" https://github.com/pickhardt/betty Systemback - simple system backup and restore application with extra features: https://launchpad.net/systemback
Vimprobable is a lean stand-alone web browser optimised for full keyboard control (inspired by Vimperator): http://sourceforge.net/projects/vimprobable/
"... Active@ KillDisk Linux Console is an easy-to use & compact utility that allows to sanitize storage media using more than 23 international data sanitizing standards. It erases permanently all data on Hard Disks, Camera Flash Cards & USB disks, SCSI storage & RAID disk arrays even in parallel mode (several disks at the same time) ... It comes with a bootable media, based on TinyCore Linux, however it can be launched under any Linux family operating system: Debian, Ubuntu, Oracle, OpenSUSE … in console (non-graphical) mode ...": http://www.killdisk.com/linuxfree.htm
NetMauMau - server for the popular card game Mau Mau: https://github.com/velnias75/NetMauMau "... MenuLibre - an advanced menu editor that provides modern features in a clean, easy-to-use interface. All without GNOME dependencies, so even lightweight systems can benefit from the sanity that MenuLibre offers. MenuLibre is your one-stop shop for menus in Linux, whether you use Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, or Unity ...": http://smdavis.us/projects/menulibre/
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

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