Best Free Software for Linux

 

Introduction

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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Summary

This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 150 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 9. September 2013 - 9:36  (110618)

galculator is a GTK 2 / GTK 3 based scientific calculator supporting algebraic mode as well as RPN. Features include arithmetic precedence handling, mathematical functions, different number bases (DEC, HEX, BIN, OCT) and angle bases (radiant, degree, and grad):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/galculator/

by Panzer on 17. September 2013 - 12:33  (110781)

Open Wonderland is a open-source toolkit for building 3D interactive virtual worlds:
http://openwonderland.org/

by Panzer on 17. September 2013 - 12:37  (110784)

"... What is Pragha? A Lightweight Music Player for GNU/Linux, based on GTK+, SQLite, completely written in C, constructed to be fast, light, and simultaneously complete without obstructing your daily work ...":

Features:

* Library management using sqlite3.
* Versatile Amarok/Winamp-style play queue.
* Search/Filter the library and current playlist.
* Multiple library views.
* Search lyrics, artist bios and album art of any song.
* OSD support with libnotify.
* ID3 tag editing.
* mp3, ogg, flac, modplug, wav and audio CD support.
* Last.fm scrobbling.
* Playlist management (M3U exporting).
* DBUS management interface.
* MPRIS2 support.

http://pragha.wikispaces.com/

by Panzer on 23. September 2013 - 9:47  (110943)

Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating web-friendly documents. You can author various formats of documents such as blog article, slide, presentation, report, and e-mail as if experts did (still in beta):
http://pad.haroopress.com/user.html

by Panzer on 2. October 2013 - 7:57  (111166)

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/

by vandamme on 4. October 2013 - 0:16  (111217)

Flowblade video editor deserves a look. An updated version came out recently. It looks slicker than OpenShot but easier than AviDemux.

http://code.google.com/p/flowblade/

by Panzer on 14. October 2013 - 9:41  (111477)

Omnitux - The project aims to provide various educational activities around multimedia elements (images, sounds, texts):
http://omnitux.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 15. October 2013 - 7:13  (111493)

GeeTeeDee - task management:
http://codea.ru/gtd/

by Panzer on 22. October 2013 - 7:34  (111660)

The Mana World (TMW) is a serious effort to create an innovative free and open source MMORPG. TMW uses 2D graphics and aims to create a large and diverse interactive world:
https://themanaworld.org/about.php

by Panzer on 6. November 2013 - 9:44  (112064)

DoomRL (Doom, the Roguelike) is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game:
http://doom.chaosforge.org/

by Panzer on 6. November 2013 - 9:50  (112065)

Incredipede is a puzzle game that celebrates the vast diversity of life in the world. It features 60 levels in three beautifully crafted worlds:
http://www.incredipede.com/linux.html
http://www.incredipede.com/about.html

by Panzer on 7. November 2013 - 9:02  (112089)

Newton Adventure is a free and open source 2D platform game. You play Newton, a very special hero who has the power to change gravity direction:
http://devnewton.bci.im/projects/newton_adventure/doc/trunk/www/index.wiki

by Panzer on 7. November 2013 - 9:05  (112091)

Sqrxz 3 is a Jump’n'Run which will please the hardcore gamer amongst you. You need fast fingers and a fast brain:
http://www.sqrxz.de/sqrxz-3/

by Panzer on 16. November 2013 - 7:58  (112259)

pySioGame - is a set of pretty simple activities aiming to teach children some of the basic skills. It turned out that pySioGame focuses mainly on teaching maths but it also covers areas such as abc, reading, writing, colors, memory and more:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pysiogame/

by Panzer on 7. December 2013 - 9:16  (112820)

SavageXR - Free Real-Time Strategy Shooter:
http://www.savagexr.com/

by daviodan on 16. December 2013 - 20:45  (112985)

The Mobile Media Converter is a free audio and video converter for converting between popular desktop audio and video formats like MP3, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis Audio (ogg), Wave Audio (wav), MPEG video, AVI, Windows Media Video (wmv), Flash Video (flv), QuickTime Video (mov) and commonly used mobile devices/phones formats like AMR and 3GA audio (amr) and 3GP video. iPod/iPhone and PSP compatible MP4 video are supported. Moreover, you can remove and add new formats or devices through the internet.
http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverter.php

by Panzer on 18. December 2013 - 8:54  (113024)

"... Matterhorn is a free, open-source platform to support the management of educational audio and video content. Institutions will use Matterhorn to produce lecture recordings, manage existing video, serve designated distribution channels, and provide user interfaces to engage students with educational videos ...":
http://opencast.org/matterhorn/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:07  (113373)

"... oterm is a web browser unix terminal. It serves a console so you can access your server from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection. It effectively is an xterm in a browser. It emulates xterm commands, which are very similar to vt100 commands ...":
http://www.coralbits.com/oterm/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:09  (113374)

"... LongoMatch is a free video analysis software for sport analysts with unlimited possibilities: Record, Tag, Review, Draw, Edit Videos and much more ...":
http://longomatch.org/index.php
http://longomatch.org/features.php

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:10  (113375)

"... The goal of Sayonara is to be a small, clear, not yet platform-independent music player. Low CPU usage, low memory consumption and no long loading times are only three benefits of this player. Sayonara should be easy and intuitive to use and therefore it should be able to compete with the most popular music players ...:
https://code.google.com/p/sayonara-player/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:11  (113376)

"... The git-annex assistant creates a synchronised folder on each of your OSX and Linux computers, Android devices, removable drives, NAS appliances, and cloud services. The contents of the folder are the same everywhere. It's very easy to use, and has all the power of git and git-annex ...:
https://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:46  (113399)

"... Syncplay synchronises the position and play state of multiple media players so that the viewers can watch the same thing at the same time. This means that when one person pauses/unpauses playback or seeks (jumps position) within their media player then this will be replicated across all media players connected to the same server and in the same 'room' (viewing session). When a new person joins they will also be synchronised ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syncplay/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:50  (113400)

"... CMPlayer is a multimedia player. It is aimed for easy usage but also powerful features. It provides various features and convenience functions. Just install and enjoy it ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cmplayer/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 9:06  (113401)

"... Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past ...":
http://www.vagrantup.com/about.html

by Panzer on 9. January 2014 - 8:55  (113495)

"... ICEcoder is an open-source browser code editor, which provides a modern approach to building websites. By allowing you to code directly within the web browser, online or offline, it means you only need one program (your browser) to develop sites, plus can test on actual web servers ... Conversely, ICEcoder is lightweight (under 1.2mb including all plugins) and boots in seconds (often 1-2s). Oh, and it's also free ...":
http://icecoder.net/

by Panzer on 10. January 2014 - 13:58  (113512)

kalu is a small application that will add an icon to your systray and sit there, regularly checking if there's anything new for you to upgrade. As soon as it finds something, it'll show a notification to let you know about it (for Archers only):
http://jjacky.com/kalu/

by spilot on 15. January 2014 - 17:53  (113626)

For my money (so to speak), Homebank is a much better personal banking app than GnuCash and should be included in the banking category.

by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2014 - 18:24  (113631)

Out of interest, found a review/comparison of HomeBank here. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/72338.html

by Jojo Yee on 16. January 2014 - 9:21  (113649)

Many thanks for your kind comment Spilot. For your info, Homebank has been included in our category review article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-personal-finance-software.htm

In most cases, this list covers the software products with Gizmo's top picks in each category review.

by Panzer on 18. January 2014 - 8:38  (113687)

Fedora Utils lets you install codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like MP3 codecs, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc.:
http://satya164.github.io/fedorautils/

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