Best Free Software for Linux: Page 3 of 10

Best Free Desktop and System for Linux

Best Free Cleanup and Tuning for Linux

BleachBitBleachBit , a system tool allows you to preview and delete unnecessary files to free up your valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove hidden junk. It deletes cache, cookies, Internet history, logs, temporary files, broken shortcuts, and wipes clean 70 applications and more.


GtkOrphan , an orphaned libraries remover to analyse the status of your installations, looks for orphaned libraries and adds package-removal capability. A GUI front-end to Deborphan for Debian systems.


Best Free Color Picker for Linux

gcolor2 , quick and easy to pick a color, supports HSV, RGB and HTML codes with an opacity slider, color grabber, allows for naming and saving picked colors. (Review)


Recoll , an open source program and a powerful tool allows you to search instantly most common document types, emails and their attachments after indexing your home directory by default. You can configure additional areas for indexing and install supporting packages to include file types that are not indexed natively by the tool as well.


Best Free Font Manager for Linux

FontmatrixFontmatrix is the largest and most complex application and runs on a wider range of platforms with more high-end features. Some of these features are not available in any of other programs.

You can activate fonts in tagged groups, view many sample texts in many languages, classify fonts using PANOSE, view and compare glyphs, find a font from a raster, extract fonts from PDF files, and test layouts in a free-form playground. (Review)


Font Manager allows you to easily manage fonts installed in your Linux system. You can preview and compare installed fonts, activate and de-activate installed fonts, install new fonts or remove existing fonts, group fonts into collections and export them to an archive for backup and sharing.


Best Free Grub Customizer for Linux

Grub Customizer , a graphical user interface to re-arrange, rename or hide boot menu entries, set a default operating system to boot on a multi-boot device, customize the appearance as well as adjust other settings of Grub (GRand Unified Bootloader).


Best Free Program Launcher for Linux

Launchy , a top product in the keyword search class, easy to understand, simple to configure, extend and use. It's open source and has a really small memory footprint. You can use it not only to launch applications, but also run your media player with a specific MP3 file, have your browser open on a specific bookmark and more. (Review)


GNOME Do , type and search the items on your computer or on the web and the program helps you perform the tasks directly and quickly with suggested actions to take. A large set of official and community plugins are available for making the program more powerful with even more task varieties.


Cairo-Dock , a pretty and light program allows you to launch your applications right away from the dock on your desktop, supporting useful features such as multi-docks, applets, themes and various settings to change the appearance and behavior of the program to your liking.


Best Free Screen Capture for Linux

ShutterShutter is like a swiss army knife for all screen capture tasks in Linux. It works better than Gnome-screenshot and KDE's KSnapshot.

You can use this program to capture desktop, window, child window and rectangular area, with many plugins for resize and special effects, delay capture, activate/deactivate window border and cursor, inbuilt drawing tools, linked to external editor and auto save. (Review)


Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux

recordMyDesktop , an easy-to-use and effective recorder to make screen recordings into free Ogg video format. It also offers the ability to record audio through ALSA mixer or other options. The frontend program gtk-recordMyDesktop and the ALSA mixer can be downloaded from some depositories including Ubuntu Software Center.


Best Free System Information Utility for Linux

I-Nex , similar to the application CPU-Z for Windows, gathers and displays information for hardware components on your system, including CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Audio, Drives, System, Linux Kernel, Memory, Network and USB devices plugged in. It also allows you to generate a report of the info and take a screenshot of the I-Nex window.


Best Free System Tools for Linux

PySDM , a Storage Device Manager allowing for full customization of hard disk mountpoints and creation of rules for dynamic configuration of storage devices. See also Auto Mount Drives at System Startup.


CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager) , a useful tool to configure the many plugins included in Compiz and Compiz Fusion for advanced desktop effects settings.


Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Linux

WallyWally , a good wallpaper changer allows for wallpaper positions to set to centered, tiled, center tiled, centered maxpert, tiled maxpert, scaled, center auto fit or scale and crop.

The program supports features such as time intervals, selecting images from local folders or online resources, displaying images' EXIF data in system tray tool-tip, saving downloaded photos and run-time folder change detection. (Review)


Variety is an open-source wallpaper changer packed with a variety of great features, such as automatically fetching wallpapers from your favorite folders or online sources, applying filters to the displayed wallpapers, matching wallpapers with color and size, showing random wise quotes and a configurable digital clock on the desktop. You can set Variety to change wallpaper on start or every fixed time interval.


DesktopNova , change your desktop wallpapers automatically based on a list of image files you've added, or even better, based on a list of folders and subfolders containing your favorite images. With this application, you can set wallpapers to change upon each login session or at every fixed time interval to your liking.


Webilder , rotate your wallpapers automatically from your collection at a time interval you set, and download new photos from Flickr or Webshots to your collection using tags or image type. Settings are available for different desktop environments such as GNOME3, GNOME, KDE and Xfce.


Best Free Windows API for Linux

Wine allows for running Windows applications on Linux and other operating systems, but without a copy of Windows. It's still under active development and not every program works yet.


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newspaper - read webpages in readability mode, inside your terminal:


Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing:

"... colorls - a Ruby script that beautifies the terminal's ls command, with color and font-awesome icons ...":


"... Elvish is a friendly and expressive shell ...":

"... cowyodel allows easy and simple sharing of text/data between computers. cowyodel is a command-line tool that allows simple interaction with a cowyo server, providing a simple way to upload/download text/binary that is encrypted/unencrypted ...":

Mr. Rescue is an arcade styled 2d action game centered around evacuating civilians from burning buildings:

X-CD-Roast tries to be the most flexible CD-burning software ever. It allows even the unexperienced user to create or copy a CD with a few mouse clicks in a intuitive and nice looking graphical user interface:

"... pak is a way of organizing paks, or executable scripts. Using pak, you can create, modify, and share scripts that perform various tasks ...":

"... smem is a tool that can give numerous reports on memory usage on Linux systems. Unlike existing tools, smem can report proportional set size (PSS), which is a more meaningful representation of the amount of memory used by libraries and applications in a virtual memory system ...":

"... NeoMutt is a command-line mail reader. It's a version of Mutt with added features ...":

"... Komorebi is an awesome background manager for all Linux platforms. It provides fully customizeable backgrounds that can be tweaked at any time! Wallpapers included by default range from animated ones, still, and gradients ...":

"... Rspamd - fast, free and open-source spam filtering system ...":


Tagsistant is a tag-based filesystem for Linux that turns directories into tags and search your files for you:


Lilite - a Linux autoinstaller:

Persepolis is a download manager and a GUI for Aria2:

Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals:
"... Gravit - the most complete design platform.." :
"... Snaptile - versatile window tiling for X11 with powerful keyboard controls..." :

"... Shallot is a file manager with the maximum degree of flexibility and customizability ...":

Beaker - a peer-to-peer Web browser:


ORY - next-gen, highly customizable content editor for the browser - based on React and Redux. WYSIWYG on steroids:

"... Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes, tabs, archive browsing/creation/extraction, and much more ...":


"... Headset is a desktop app that turns YouTube into a world class music streaming service. Create collections, tune-in to a music subreddit or quickly play that song you’ve had stuck in your head all day ...":

Polo is potentially one of the best file managers yet, but it still has problems, from a 3 minute look at it there were two glaring bugs. First try to change font size and it dies immediately, secondly if you make it full screen, how to get it back to normal. I eagerly await the next version.

"... ScreenStudio will let you record your desktop in a full HD video files. Overlay some text or even your webcam. It will also let you stream your desktop to services like UStream, Hitbox or ...":


"... HRCloud2 - a fully featured home-hosted cloud storage platform and personal assistant that converts files, OCR's images & documents, creates archives, scans for viruses, protects your server, keeps itself up-to-date, and runs your own appLauncher ...":

"... Hostsblock is a bash script designed to take advantage of /etc/hosts file to provide system-wide blocking of internet advertisements, malicious domains, trackers, and other undesirable content ...":
"... nnn is a fork of noice, a blazing-fast lightweight terminal file browser with easy keyboard shortcuts for navigation, opening files and running tasks ...":
μ music player: "... The f.lux indicator applet fluxgui is an indicator applet to control xflux, an application that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at nights and like sunlight during the day ...":
"... Magic Wormhole - get things from one computer to another, safely ...":
"... Latte-Dock - Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids ...":

"... Netdata ... unparalleled insights, in real-time, of everything happening on your Linux systems and applications, with stunning, interactive web dashboards and powerful performance and health alarms ...":

"... allows you to control your /etc/hosts easily. You can block ads, p-o-r-n, social networks with one command ...":

"... Use QMapShack to plan your next outdoor trip or to visualize and archive all the GPS recordings of your past exciting adventures ...":

"... Totemori is a free-to-play local-multiplayer brawler where you build towers while trying to topple everyone else's ...":