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Best Free Software for Linux



LinuxLinux, occasionally referred to as GNU/Linux, is an open source and free operating system predominantly known for its use in servers, but has increasingly become commonplace in desktop, notebook and netbook computers in recent years after newer and enhanced versions of Linux distributions, Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example, are developed and offered free to users.

While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the LibreOffice application suite.

Among various free applications, here you might find the best free software for Linux, including those products reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

Other programs that work as potential alternatives to Windows applications or even perform better than them are also listed here for the benefit of users who migrate from Windows to Linux or run dual systems on their computers.

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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 145 applications in 97 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.


New and Updated Apps:

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by Jojo Yee on 22. September 2012 - 13:34  (99597)

Update: ClipGrab is now added to the list.

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:40  (99716)

TexMaker - Free cross-platform LaTeX editor:

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:55  (99719)

Laptop Mode Tools is a laptop power saving package for Linux systems. It allows you to extend the battery life of your laptop, in several ways. It is the primary way to enable the Laptop Mode feature of the Linux kernel, which lets your hard drive spin down. In addition, it allows you to tweak a number of other power-related settings using a simple configuration file:

by Panzer on 27. September 2012 - 9:43  (99835)

Nevernote (NixNote) - An open source client for Evernote:

* Synchronizes with Evernote servers
* Local data caching
* Cross platform
* Local-only and synchronized notebooks supported
* Database may be encrypted locally

by Linuxis on 27. September 2012 - 22:04  (99880)

Wow! The linux section has come alive. Much more new stuff since the last time I was here. I've learned of all sorts of new and interesting programs.

You all are doing awesome!

My favorite word processors are ;TED and wordgrinder.


Wordgrinder is a small terminal based word processor.
And TED is a very small word processor, smaller then abiword but compatible with microsoft word docs and able to save text to .rtf formats. Ted is also extensible with plugins.

I'm currently using Instantbird for my messenger.

Instantbird is built on the gecko engine and supporting a wide variety chat protocols. And since it's based on firefox, it supports addons.

It's the most userfriendly and configurable instant messenger I've used.

I hope these suggestions are good.

by Panzer on 28. September 2012 - 10:54  (99904)

Ease is a modern desktop presentation application for GNOME, with Clutter-based visuals:

by Linuxis on 28. September 2012 - 17:22  (99916)

Songbird was to linux what Winamp was to windows. Except bulky and slow.
But since Songbird is no longer updated for linux, there is this.

Nightingale is music collection manager and player for linux. It's surprisingly fast, it feels faster then firefox. And supports addons so I find myself using it for web browsing more then firefox, and it plays music. *Even better*

by Steeleye (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 20:51  (100014)

Abiword and Scribus are major parts of the reason i still have Windows on my machine.

I found the learning curve on Scribus ridiculously steep and the interface less than wonderful.

Serif's PagePlus on Windows is superior in my experience.

I seldom use a full-fledged word processor (like, say, Word) because they are bloated and overly complex. I use EditPad Lite for text entry and editing, and then, if i need anything beyond that, import the files to PagePlus.

If i could get PP (and a couple of miscellaneous other programs) to run under WINE, i might switch primarily to Linux.

by Panzer on 1. October 2012 - 9:53  (100031)

You can use Abiword on Linux as well.

by Linuxis on 1. October 2012 - 17:01  (100048)

There's a native version of scribus for linux.

by Panzer on 3. October 2012 - 7:49  (100162)

TuxOnIce is most easily described as the Linux equivalent of Windows' hibernate functionality, but better. It saves the contents of memory to disk and powers down. When the computer is started up again, it reloads the contents and the user can continue from where they left off. No documents need to be reloaded or applications reopened and the process is much faster than a normal shutdown and start up:

by Linuxis on 3. October 2012 - 15:01  (100185)

The under appreciated browser brothers.

*not really related*

Midori: gtk webkit browser which is light but via builtin plugins capable of achieving some of the functionality latent in the big boys. *Such as userscripts, adblocking and mouse gestures, to name a few*

Qtweb: A small qt web browser with some basic privacy settings.

Qupzilla: A lightweight qt webkit browser with themes, *including native gtk-theme support*, adblocking, userscript support and form filling. *More features keep getting added*

Dooble: A unique browser to say the least. Qt and using webkit, this browser is very privacy-centric and sporting some features I've never seen anywhere, including launching terminal from within the browser and encoding, re-encoding every aspect of a website. Though what really stands out in this web browser is it's speed.
It has one of the fastest page loads I've seen on a linux browser.


by Panzer on 9. October 2012 - 7:45  (100529)

Zipwhip - Desktop Texting App:

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:49  (100633)

For those who don't know: Ted and Ted Notepad are not one and the same software (the latter is for Windows only).

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:55  (100634)
by Panzer on 12. October 2012 - 8:48  (100677)

Sonata is an elegant GTK+ music client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD):

PulseAudio is a proxy for your sound applications:

by Linuxis on 14. October 2012 - 21:14  (100765)

I bring news of an amazing fork of Assault Cube. Assault Cube Reloaded.
It's multiplatform, Windows,Mac and Linux and comes with a host of improvements.
Including several modes (Zombie,Vampire...etc;) realistic weapons and riccochet,
Anti-Cheat system, better voting and all sorts of other improvements *especially visual*
compared to the original Assault Cube.

Check it out, fps fans.

by Panzer on 17. October 2012 - 8:50  (100892)

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment:

Traverso DAW - Multitrack audio recording & editing:

Ardour - A multichannel digital audio workstation:

by Panzer on 18. October 2012 - 8:42  (100969)

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations:

Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility:

by Panzer on 19. October 2012 - 8:39  (101036)

Anamnesis is a clipboard history manager. It stores the clipboard history and offers an easy interface to do a full-text search on it.


* Stores all text copied to clipboard
* Graphics interface to query items from the clipboard
* Full text search on clipboard history
* Command-line tool

by Panzer on 20. October 2012 - 7:47  (101095)

Alan creates the Openbox menu on-the-fly:

by Panzer on 23. October 2012 - 9:59  (101214)

NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago:

by Panzer on 26. October 2012 - 7:36  (101361)
by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 6:40  (101495)

The OP dislikes Abi & Scribus. He was lamenting on no way to run PagePlus on Linux, otherwise he'd ditch Windows for it.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 8:26  (101497)

The website says, "Mac & Windows" only?

Have you installed this somehow to Linux & used it successfully?

by Anupam on 28. October 2012 - 8:30  (101498)

Site clearly states for Windows, Linux and Mac. Mentioned on the RHS of the page too.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:38  (101499)

Edit: my bad.

For some reason it only shows Mac & Windows on the main screen, but when you go into the actual list of downloads, Linux shows up as a supporting OS.


by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:46  (101500)

I was looking at the products page. No Linux there- only icons for Mac & MS.

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 8:39  (101591)

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 21:03  (101622)

gpg4usb is a very easy to use small portable editor to encrypt and decrypt any text message/file: