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Best Free Image Viewer for Linux
  • XnView

    "Fast, lots of features, very manageable, many plug-ins, supports nearly any OS." (Review)

 

Best Free Image Editor for Linux
  • Luminance HDRGIMP

    "Currently the only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor.

    If you are inexperienced at using image editing programs GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on as it has a steeper learning curve but it is feature rich. It has lots of advanced features and can do almost everything the Photoshop can do.

    Its multi-windowed interface makes it a little unusual if you're used to a windows program." (Review)

  • Pinta

    A simplified alternative to GIMP and modelled after the popular Windows program Paint.Net, Pinta is good for average users and includes most basic features including common drawing tools, resizing and cropping, adjustments and effects for tweaking images as well as supports for multiple layers.

 

Best Free Paint Program for Linux
  • Luminance HDRMyPaint

    Designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets, MyPaint allows you to use a large collection of brushes including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, with color changers and opacity controls, unlimited canvas and basic layer support.

    You can also download and import more brush packages for use with the application.

 

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Linux
  • Luminance HDRLuminance HDR

    Luminance HDR (previously known as Qtpfsgui) is an open source graphical user interface program and a high quality application to provide a workflow for high dynamic range imaging.

    It has great tone-mapping and aligning facilities, allowing for 8, 16 and 32 bit channels and two means of manually manipulating the image.

 

Best Free Photo Organizer for Linux
  • digiKam

    A digital photo management program designed to import, organize, enhance, search and export image files. With this you can add comments and tags to albums, view and edit items, create slideshows and calendars, and share your creations.

 

Best Free Vector Graphics Editor for Linux
  • Inkscape

    "A top product enhanced by an excellent user interface and the impressive set of tutorials, helps wean the user away from the world of digital images to the nodes, lines, curves and shapes that form the basis of vector editing." (Review)

 

Best Free Digital Image Stitcher for Linux
  • Hugin

    A GUI front-end of Panorama Tools allows you to stitch overlapping digital photos taken from the same location into a complete panorama, with advanced features and workflow options such as correction of exposure and white balance, generate HDR, supporting a full range of cameras and lenses, multiple rows of photos, cropping, masking, control points, optimizer and more.

 

Best Free CAD Program for Linux
  • Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3D

    "This software package is sure to tickle every bone in your body. You can model your dream home, along with all of its cherished appointments, and then watch it come to life. You can start simple with just the bare walls or import an image of your intended floor plan to serve as a basis for the design-to-be.

    The user interface is as intuitive as it gets; drag and drop furnishings from the built-in catalog onto your floor plan. Clear graphic handles then make it easy to edit the items. Once you've finished your home design and tweaked every niche and corner to your liking, the fun has only just begun." (Review)

  • BlenderBlender

    "A complete software package for 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, animation and physics. It has a complex but merciful user interface, and the entire repertoire of its capabilities are made available through a scripting language, so the creation of 3D games beckons.

    The software can import from and export to more than 20 different file formats. There is a large and growing community of Blender users who've already contributed numerous add-on scripts that can make your going easier. If it can be imagined then it can be realized, with Blender freeware." (Review)

 

Best Free QR Code Generator and Decoder for Linux
  • BlenderQtQR

    A graphical frond-end for python-qrtools allows you to easily create and decode QR codes, supporting URL and other data type, configurable pixel and margin sizes, error correction, and save QR Codes in png format.

    You can also use it to decode a QR image from a file on your computer or captured on a Webcam. (Note: Install python-qrtools in your system before installing qtqr; both debian and rpm packages are available.)

 

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by Panzer on 19. August 2014 - 9:02  (118061)

Lynis is an open source security auditing tool. Its main goal is to audit and harden Unix and Linux based systems:
http://rootkit.nl/projects/lynis.html

by BrollyLSSJ on 16. August 2014 - 9:51  (117986)

WPS Office (formerly known as Kingsoft Office) needs to be added to the office section. I like it much more than LibreOffice / OpenOffice. Also FreeOffice from SoftMaker is also worth mentioning. I like KWPS more, as it is also available for iOS, Android and Windows, while SoftMaker is missing an iOS version.

WPS Office: http://wps-community.org
FreeOffice: http://www.freeoffice.com

by Jojo Yee on 16. August 2014 - 13:50  (117993)

In terms of development, the versions of WPS Office for other platforms are leading but currently the Linux version is still at the stage of Alpha.

by Panzer on 14. August 2014 - 8:25  (117936)

OpenSMTPD is a free implementation of the server-side SMTP protocol as defined by RFC 5321, with some additional standard extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with other systems speaking the SMTP protocol:
https://www.opensmtpd.org/

by Panzer on 12. August 2014 - 7:18  (117899)

Serman is a simple dialog-based systemd service manager. It provides an easy way to manage services with an overview of what is currently enabled, running, etc.:
http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/serman/

Tomb generates encrypted storage files to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user:
http://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/

by Panzer on 6. August 2014 - 7:45  (117786)

MyNotex - a free note-taking, document file and activity manager:
https://sites.google.com/site/mynotex/

by Jojo Yee on 6. August 2014 - 10:24  (117788)

A good suggestion Panzer. After a quick try, I note that it's quite a decent note-taking app for Linux with some great features that other software does not have.

Unless I've missed out something, it however seems to be lacking a basic operation to undo and redo edits in multiple levels. Undo editing is provided but it functions as abandoning changes and going back to the note last saved.

by Panzer on 4. August 2014 - 9:35  (117742)

wallabag (formerly poche) is a self hostable application for saving web pages:
https://www.wallabag.org/

by Panzer on 4. August 2014 - 9:09  (117741)

Toxic is a Tox-based instant messenging client which formerly resided in the Tox core repository, and is now available as a standalone application:
https://github.com/Tox/toxic

cool-old-term is a terminal emulator which tries to mimic the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight:
https://github.com/Swordifish90/cool-old-term
http://swordfishslabs.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/brace-yourself-cool-old-t...

by vandamme on 3. August 2014 - 20:19  (117730)

Variety is a newer wallpaper changer that I like better than Wally, Wallch and others. It also can show quotes, clock, and is highly configurable and tweakable. It wasn't in the Mint repository (the non-functioning Wallch was, though); you have to search for it, add the ppa, then install. Three lines in the terminal, but worth it. Runs on all Linuxes. Written by Peter Levi, so find his page.

by Jojo Yee on 4. August 2014 - 7:54  (117737)

A good suggestion Vandamme. It's now added to the list.

by Panzer on 25. July 2014 - 9:01  (117575)

"... YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index ...":
http://yacy.net/en/

by vandamme on 22. July 2014 - 17:45  (117491)

Haroopad, an interesting HTML editor. It was reviewed favorably on last Sunday's Linux Action Show from Jupiter Broadcasting. I haven't tried because I usually use a WYSIWYG editor, but it looks useful.

"... Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating
web-friendly documents. You can author professional-looking documents of various formats: blog posts,
slides, presentations, reports, email and more ...":

http://pad.haroopress.com/user.html

by Panzer on 23. July 2014 - 7:20  (117503)

already posted by me on 23. September 2013 (page 2) - thanx anyway ...

by vandamme on 23. July 2014 - 12:08  (117514)

Ooops. One of these days I'll figure out how to find stuff here.

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 8:05  (117479)

nmh (new MH) is a powerful electronic mail handling system. It consists of a collection of fairly simple single-purpose programs to send, receive, save, retrieve, and manipulate e-mail messages:
http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:59  (117478)

"... Panini is a visual tool for creating perspective views from panoramic and wide angle photographs. More than a pano viewer, more than a view camera, with features of both ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pvqt/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:38  (117476)

zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game:
http://zsilencer.com/

by Panzer on 22. July 2014 - 7:12  (117473)

nbwmon - ncurses bandwidth monitor:
https://github.com/defer-/nbwmon

by Panzer on 21. July 2014 - 9:17  (117449)

mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer (command line player, no official GUI):
http://mpv.io/
https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/releases

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 8:58  (117367)

Breach - A browser for the HTML5 era. Entirely written in Javascript. Free. Modular. Hackable:
http://breach.cc/

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 8:06  (117366)

"... WebPG is a free, open source suite of tools to bring GnuPG/PGP (gpg, gnupg) to the browser, in an effort to make cryptographic methods usable, safe and accessible to the common man ...":
https://webpg.org/

by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 7:52  (117365)

demimove - a file browser for mass renaming:

Features:

- Interactivity: Demimove allows adding/removing of (multiple) targets quickly by mouse interaction (instead of or complementary to matching via regex/globbing patterns).
- Automatic Previews: Demimove provides an automatic and immediate preview of any change.
- Performance: Demimove is fast, thanks to Qt and its QFileSystemModel. Even thousands of files are no problem (although there's a ceiling, as always).
- Commit History: You can undo any commit, although currently only in order of last to first.
- Multiple Pattern Support: You can have any number of match and filter patterns by separating them with a slash ("/").
- Recursive support: Demimove supports recursive lookups and renames. You can specify the depth of the recursion.
- Config File: You can save and restore options to and from a file (~/.config/demimove/demimove.ini):

https://github.com/mikar/demimove

by Panzer on 7. July 2014 - 8:24  (117193)

Beets is the media library management system for obsessive-compulsive music geeks:
http://beets.radbox.org/

by Panzer on 18. June 2014 - 9:06  (116813)

"... PowerTOP is a Linux tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management.

In addition to being a diagnostic tool, PowerTOP also has an interactive mode where the user can experiment various power management settings for cases where the Linux distribution has not enabled these settings ...":
https://01.org/powertop/overview

by Panzer on 17. June 2014 - 8:18  (116801)

"... SnapRAID is an application able to make a partial backup of your disk array. If some of the disks of your array fail, even if they are completely broken, you will be able to recover their content. It's only a partial backup, because it doesn't allow to recover from a failure of the whole array, but only if the number of failed disks are under a predefined limit ...":
http://snapraid.sourceforge.net/faq.html

Magpie - Git-backed Evernote replacement:
https://magpie-notes.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by JDCNS on 16. June 2014 - 17:43  (116792)

FreeFileSync I used to love, but the last couple of available versions had some pretty weird bugs. It seems that they are not actively updating the 32 bit version any longer, so I ended up rolling my own.

Dropbox has changed their TOS, and it is now evident that the only thing that keeps their employees from viewing your data are their rules. I no longer trust them, and I moved financial data to Wuala, which is also free for up to 5GB.

Shotwell is a good replacement for Picasa, BTW. I use it all the time b/c Picasa pictures don't count against your disk quota.

In the "I'm surprised this isn't even mentioned" department, NixNote (used to be NeverNote) is an excellent (IMO) front end for Evernote. Since there are clients available for iOS and Windows (and I assume Android as well), this makes it a nice cross-platform solution with the addition of NixNote.

Otherwise, interesting list. There are some on here I've never heard of in spite of looking for alternatives in the past.

by Panzer on 4. June 2014 - 8:27  (116611)

The Gnome Encfs Manager (or short GEncfsM) is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes featuring per-stash configuration, Gnome Keyring support, a tray menu inspired by Cryptkeeper and lots of unique features:
http://www.libertyzero.com/GEncfsM/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:20  (116555)

"... Mosh - Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.

Mosh is a replacement for SSH. It's more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links ...":
http://mosh.mit.edu/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:16  (116554)

Syncthing replaces Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet:
http://syncthing.net/

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