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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OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects:


Brackets - text editor:

Archimedes is a free and open source CAD software:


"... Kexi is an open source visual database applications creator, a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access
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EGroupware is a multi-user, web-based groupware suite:


Onepoint project:


PhotoQt - image viewer:


Imperium - "... Open Source Web Based Business Management and Accounting Software -- Imperium provides a database of Contacts, Work Orders, Invoices and Accounts - the core functionality to manage your business finances. Integrates with email (SMTP, IMAP) and Google Services (contacts, tasks, calendar) ...":


Frinika is a free complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more:


"... BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development ...":


Bonita BPM:

Vokoscreen - recording screencasts with audio:


"... Sysdig is open source, system-level exploration: capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze. Sysdig is scriptable in Lua and includes a command line interface and a powerful interactive UI, csysdig, that runs in your terminal. Think of sysdig as strace + tcpdump + htop + iftop + lsof + awesome sauce. With state of the art container visibility on top ...":


Speed Dreams is a 3d cross-platform, open source motorsport simulation and racing game:


"... Destination Sol ... Pilot your ship in the seamless open world made of space, planets, and more. Find new ships and equipment, find allies and beat all the enemies ...:"



TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system:


X2Go enables you to access a graphical desktop of a computer over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection:


Compton is a lightweight, standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality:


easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

MuPDF - a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer:


"... Unison is a file-synchronization tool for OSX, Unix, and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other ...":


"... Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries ...":


Audience - a modern video player that brings the lessons learned from the web home to the desktop:


gummi - simple LaTeX editor:

youtube-viewer - a lightweight application for searching and streaming videos from YouTube:


TypeCatcher allows you to search, browse, and download Google webfonts for off-line use:


TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail:


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:


Diodon - GTK+ Clipboard Manager:

"... The Silver Searcher is a tool for searching code. It started off as a clone of Ack, but their feature sets have since diverged slightly. In typical usage, Ag is 5-10x faster than Ack ...":


Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line:


get_iplayer - a utility for downloading TV and radio from BBC iPlayer:


pianobarfly is a console client for the personalized web radio Pandora:

"... With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy ...":


Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface:


Ring (formerly SFLphone) is a free distributed multimedia communication software:


DuckieTV is a TV-show calendar:


PhotoFlow - A fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete layer-based workflow including RAW image development:


The LaZagne project is an open source application used to retrieve lots of passwords stored on a local computer. Each software stores its passwords using different techniques (plaintext, APIs, custom algorithms, databases, etc.). This tool has been developed for the purpose of finding these passwords for the most commonly-used software:


quvi - The command-line-tool suite to access the flash media stream properties:


MPFC is a gstreamer-based audio player with curses interface:


Rage media player:


"... xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks. In additional to providing a familiar mouse-based interface like other web browsers, it offers a set of vi-like keyboard commands for users who prefer to keep their hands on their keyboard ...":


sandy is an ncurses text editor:

Passpie lets you manage login credentials from the terminal with a coloroful/configurable cli interface:

Talky - simple video chat and screen sharing for small groups:
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

"... Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components ...":

Semantik (formerly kdissert) is a mind-mapping tool that helps creating documents such as reports or presentations:


VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts:


Labyrinth is a lightweight mind-mapping tool:

Fish Fillets NG is strictly a puzzle game. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings, the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish:


Subrosa is an encrypted communication platform:


Traccar is an open source GPS tracking system for various GPS tracking devices. System supports more than 80 different communication protocols from popular vendors:

"... Suplemon is a modern, slick and intuitive console text editor with multi cursor support. Suplemon replicates Sublime Text style functionality in the terminal with the ease of use of Nano ...":

Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line:


FlatPress is a blogging engine that saves your posts as simple text files: (offline version)


"... ne is a free (GPL'd) text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. If you have the resources and the patience to use emacs or the right mental twist to use vi then probably ne is not for you ...":


"... Lightspark is an LGPLv3 licensed Flash player and browser plugin written in C++/C that runs on Linux. It aims to support Adobe's newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine ...":


2048 - a game:


"... X-Moto is a challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics plays an all important role in the gameplay. You need to control your bike to its limits, if you want to have a chance to finish the most difficult challenges ...":


LiSpeak is a simple voice command system for Ubuntu and other linux distros:


Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms:

LanguageTool is an Open Source proof­reading program for English, French, German, Polish, and more than 20 other languages:

Groove Basin is a music player server with a web-based user interface inspired by Amarok 1.4:


Fusilli is an OpenGL compositing window manager for the X Window System. It is a fork of Compiz (0.8):

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

Fort - Password Manager:

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:


"... 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 ...":

"... 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 ...":


"... 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 ...":


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

"... 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 ...":
"... 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 ...":