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.


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by Panzer on 3. November 2012 - 11:35  (101788)

namehelp improves web performance by obtaining more accurate redirections to nearby content delivery network servers:

by Panzer on 14. November 2012 - 9:01  (102287)

"... Stockfish is no slouch—it plays on the same level as commercial engines... And it's the most powerful open source chess engine in the world ..."

by Panzer on 14. November 2012 - 10:51  (102301)

GeoGebra - Free mathematics software for learning and teaching:

by iSmash (not verified) on 18. November 2012 - 3:25  (102496)

I've been using this site for years. Lurking and reading program reviews, user comments. It's huge having a trusted place to hit up. Thanks for all the hard work!

I use my laptop as a media player. Getting surround sound to work correctly has always been very frustrating. I use SMplayer, never getting 7.1 sound. I tried everything obtainable searching google. Then...One day I found SMplayer2 and Mplayer2. BOOM! Sound was fixed but now....Using MPlayer2 the video was terrible. Laggy, stuttering , freezing.

I highly recommend SMplayer2 used as a front-end for MPlayer. You can try MPlayer2, risk free. If you find it sucking. Uninstall MPlayer, SMplayer2 will default as the front-end for MPlayer.

Takeoff - Best Launcher for KDE / Gnome

Avast - My favorite AV for scanning Windows partitions. This will run if you
sudo sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=128000000

Yaquake(KDE) and Guake(Gnome and Unity) Quake style console. Drop down , goes away when not focused.

Zim Desktop Wiki - Note organizer, WiKi style.

by Panzer on 20. November 2012 - 11:11  (102607)

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. You can get unofficial Linux version here:

by Panzer on 21. November 2012 - 8:27  (102662)

Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator.

What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you create:

by Linuxis on 22. November 2012 - 7:57  (102728)

I recently stumbled upon this browser.


It's an incredibly small browser, super fast, light and minimal.
It's configured via text files and extensible via plugins.
The name does give it away, that there is some Lua knowledge required but I don't even know lua and I'm still using it.

It's so fast and minimal that I can't help but try, because my computer is ten years old, with 1 gig of ram and this browser flies on it.

Some notable features but not limited to this since I don't know all of what it's capable, are:

supports flash,
adblocking via plugins
noscript functionality
congigurable hotkeys(can be totally keyboard-centric)
every little bit of the browser is customizable -
via it's text file configs, including appearance.


by Panzer on 22. November 2012 - 9:42  (102730)

Photivo is a free and open source (GPL3) photo processor. It handles your RAW files as well as your bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more) in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode.

Photivo is just a developer, no manager and no “Gimp”. It is intended to be used in a workflow together with digiKam/F-Spot/Shotwell and Gimp. It needs a quite strong computer and is not aimed at beginners.

by Panzer on 23. November 2012 - 8:56  (102768)

Notion is a tiling, tabbed window manager for the X window system:

* Tiling: you divide the screen into non-overlapping 'tiles'. Every window occupies one tile, and is maximized to it
* Tabbing: a tile may contain multiple windows - they will be 'tabbed'
* Static: most tiled window managers are 'dynamic', meaning they automatically resize and move around tiles as windows appear and disappear. Notion, by contrast, does not automatically change the tiling. You're in control.

Features include:

* Workspaces: each workspace has its own tiling
* Multihead: the mod_xinerama plugin provides very nice dual-monitor support
* RandR: mod_xrandr picks up changes in the xrandr configuration, without the need for restarting Notion
* Extensibility: Notion can be extended with lua scripts.

by vandamme on 27. November 2012 - 4:13  (102959)

HTML WYSIWYG editor for Linux: BlueGriffon.

I've used Kompozer for years, but it has come to a halt and I can't figure out how to install it in LinuxMint14.

BlueGriffon is an updated version of NVu, which Kompozer also is derived from. (It is also kind of wierd to install.) It has some goodies like html5 and font embedding, but some of the fancier buttons lead you to their paid add-on site.

by Panzer on 28. November 2012 - 9:12  (103008)

PDF Presenter is a presentation software with focus on PDF documents:

by Panzer on 30. November 2012 - 9:31  (103103)

Wunderlist - task manager:

Nitro - light task manager:

by Panzer on 3. December 2012 - 10:19  (103281)

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard is an essential tool for everyone running a small WiFi network and striving to keep it secure:

by Panzer on 4. December 2012 - 9:42  (103340)

JDraw is a pixel oriented graphics editor. It is entirely written in Java, easy to use and saves (animated) GIFs, JPEGs, ICOs (favicons) and PNGs:

PixelStruct is an open source tool for visualizing 3D scenes reconstructed from photographs:

by allanm on 10. December 2012 - 9:10  (103481)

Type light 3.2x font editor:

Freeware font editor, now available for Linux:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:16  (103568)

Heroes of Newerth is a multiplayer online battle arena video game:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:20  (103569)

Puzzle Moppet is a serenely peaceful yet devilishly challenging 3D puzzle game:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:37  (103572)

FreedroidRPG is an original isometric 3D role playing game taking place in the future, on Earth.

The game tells the story of a world destroyed by a conflict between robots and their human masters. Play as Tux in a quest to save the world from the murderous rebel bots who know no mercy. You get to choose which path you wish to follow, and freedom of choice is everywhere in the game:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 11:00  (103573)
by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 11:04  (103576)

Zero-K is an open-source RTS game. It aims to be dynamic, action-packed and hassle-free, full of clever strategies and constantly moving combat with games lasting an average 20-30 minutes:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 11:05  (103579)

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

by Panzer on 15. December 2012 - 10:31  (103635)

Vulture - An isometric graphical interface for the game NetHack:

Falcon's Eye is a mouse-driven interface for NetHack that enhances the visuals, audio and accessibility of the game, yet retains all the original gameplay and game features:

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 13:49  (103673)

World of Padman:

- Colorful
- Unique characters
- Lots of (hidden) details
- Child-friendly
- Portable as well as multiuser capable
- Supports VoIP
- Offsite data download
- IPv6 ready

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 14:02  (103674)

TrueCombat is a tactical-teamplay oriented, modern-world combat simulation:


- Two teams, different mission objectives, emphasising realistic team tactics.
- Scriptable mission objectives in maps.
- The ability for different weapons to penetrate different objects with varying degrees of success.
- Realistic sounds for both enviroment and player.
- Attachment systems for weapon upgrades (scopes, silencers, laser sights, etc.).
- Realistic lens flares, glare, and flash blend effects.
- Freeclimb
- Voice commands for quick communication with teammates.
- Realistic weapon behavior simulation
- Iron sight aiming system, no crosshair
- Sophisticated ballistic simulation including multiple-layer object penetration
- Immersive and lethal, fast-paced action

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 14:07  (103678)

Legends is a fast-paced first-person-perspective online multiplayer game:

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 14:08  (103681)

Zero Ballistics is a unique blend of first person shooter and tank combat, focusing on multiplayer gaming exclusively:

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 14:15  (103684)

Auteria is a fantasy world within our real world. It is a free to play 3D multiplayer online game:

by Panzer on 17. December 2012 - 14:30  (103685)

Hero of Allacrost is a single player 2D role-playing game inspired by classic console RPGs. In Hero of Allacrost, the player will explore rich environments, solve challenging dungeon puzzles, and fight strategic battles in an active-time based system:

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