Best Free Software for Linux: Page 5 of 10

Best Free Games for Linux

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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Dianara is a client: Streamtuner2 is an internet radio browser: Holtz: "... 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 ...":

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:

"... 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 ...": NetRider Browser - WebKit based with FLTK GUI:
"... 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 ...":
docker-rpm-builder - build native RPM packages by leveraging docker capabilities:
"... 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 ...":

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

Pterosaur gives you the full power of Vim and your vimrc in each Firefox text field: "... Ever wanted to easily preview what your markdown would look like exactly on Github? Ever wanted to do that from inside of a Terminal? Well this Gem is for you. Dead simple. Never get caught writing ugly markdown again ... Octodown uses the same parsers and CSS that Github uses for their markdown rendering. Github markdown styling looks beautiful, so it is Octodown's primary goal to reproduce it as faithfully as possible ...":
"... SLURM is an open-source resource manager designed for Linux clusters of all sizes. It provides three key functions. First it allocates exclusive and/or non-exclusive access to resources (computer nodes) to users for some duration of time so they can perform work. Second, it provides a framework for starting, executing, and monitoring work (typically a parallel job) on a set of allocated nodes. Finally, it arbitrates contention for resources by managing a queue of pending work ...":
OptiPNG is a PNG optimizer that recompresses image files to a smaller size, without losing any information:
"... The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains, their live performance & resource utilization statistics. Wizards enable the creation of new domains, and configuration & adjustment of a domain’s resource allocation & virtual hardware. An embedded VNC and SPICE client viewer presents a full graphical console to the guest domain ...":
"... Mibibli's Quest - It's been called "Mega Man + Space Funeral," and that's probably as good of a description as anything I could come up with. It includes over 20 painstakingly-made levels each with their own themes, enemies, bosses, and gimmicks ... but it's a Flash game so if you're on Linux then you can download either non-Linux package and just open the .swf file using Flash Player ...":
"... TMSU is a tool for tagging your files. It provides a simple command-line tool for applying tags and a virtual filesystem so that you can get a tag-based view of your files from within any other program. TMSU does not alter your files in any way: they remain unchanged on disk, or on the network, wherever you put them. TMSU maintains its own database and you simply gain an additional view, which you can mount, based upon the tags you set up. The only commitment required is your time and there's absolutely no lock-in ...":
lighthouse - a scriptable popup dialog:
"... Gotalk exists to make it easy for programs to talk with one another over the internet, like a web app coordinating with a web server, or a bunch of programs dividing work amongst eachother ...":
SWATd lets you configure 'sensors' that check your PC's external environment. When enough sensors 'fail', SWATd will run a script for you:
"... libguestfs is a set of tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images. You can use this for viewing and editing files inside guests, scripting changes to VMs, monitoring disk used/free statistics, creating guests, P2V, V2V, performing backups, cloning VMs, building VMs, formatting disks, resizing disks, and much more ... libguestfs can access almost any disk image imaginable. It can do it securely — without needing root and with multiple layers of defence against rogue disk images. It can access disk images on remote machines or on CDs/USB sticks. It can access proprietary systems like VMware and Hyper-V ...":
"... Pygments - a generic syntax highlighter suitable for use in code hosting, forums, wikis or other applications that need to prettify source code ...":
"... Naut - Is there life on Mars? Wander around, drive through the desert, hear what the cosmos has to tell you ...":
Rage is a video and audio player written with Enlightenment Foundation Libraries with some extra bells and whistles: Navi-X is a "content aggregator" app that streams multimedia content on the internet from a public directory of user contributed links and site scrapers on to your TV, PC and mobile devices: wtftw - a tiling window manager written in Rust: UNTV is a cross platform DRM-free media platform for home theater computers: Showtime is a media center primarily intended to be used directly on a TV: KShutdown is a graphical shutdown utility: Dolphin Folder Color - extension for Dolphin file manager that lets you change the coloring of your folders: Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce: QMPlay2 Media Player: budgie - a GNOME3.10 media player written in C: Fresh Pepper Player is a a wrapper package which uses Google Chrome’s Pepper-based Flash plugin in Mozilla Firefox: freetuxtv - the goal of this project is to create a WebTV player, working on the Linux platform: ScriptCommunicator - send and receive data with several interfaces:

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

"... I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z ...:"

i-nex gives an impressive amount of hardware information displayed in an easy to read format.
I couldn't install the stable version on Mint 17.1 because of dependencies, but the daily version installed and ran well.

Thanks Panzer for the various suggestions. I-Nex has now been added to the list.