Best Free Software for Linux

 
 
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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by Panzer on 28. March 2015 - 8:04  (121607)

Extundelete is a utility to undelete files from an ext3 or ext4 partition:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/extundelete/

GitLab Community Edition:
https://about.gitlab.com/

ClusterSSH controls a number of xterm windows via a single graphical console window to allow commands to be interactively run on multiple servers over an ssh connection:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/clusterssh/

Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that's built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript:
http://brackets.io/

by Panzer on 27. March 2015 - 10:01  (121603)

"... Voxelands is a sandbox construction game based on Minetest, which was inspired by earlier "voxel world" games such as Infiniminer. Gameplay puts players in a fully destructible 3D game world where they can place and dig numerous types of blocks, items and creatures using a variety of tools. Inside the game world players can build structures, artworks and anything else their creativity can think of on multiplayer servers and singleplayer worlds across multiple game modes ...":
http://voxelands.com/

by Panzer on 27. March 2015 - 8:43  (121600)

Pacapong - Pong + Pacman + Space Invaders:
http://ludumdare.com/compo/minild-58/?action=preview&uid=34953

by Panzer on 26. March 2015 - 8:57  (121595)

Dianara is a Pump.io client:
http://dianara.nongnu.org/

Streamtuner2 is an internet radio browser:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/streamtuner2/

Holtz:
http://holtz.sourceforge.net/index.php

"... Galois is a computer game of the "falling blocks" type, but with unique features. Unlike most other games of that type, it is not limited to blocks made of four two-dimensional, square bricks: you can choose among several different brick shapes, blocks composed of more or less bricks, and even between two- and three-dimensional games ...":
http://www.nongnu.org/galois/

by vandamme on 25. March 2015 - 17:32  (121585)

pulseaudio-equalizer is a multiband audio frequency equalizer; a super tone control. It needs to be on your multimedia page because it took me 2 hours to find it. You can install it in Debian variants (I have Mint 17.1) by cuttin' and pastin' this into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

The whole sad story of why it's missing from distros is here:
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/03/install-pulseaudio-with-built-in-system.html

by Panzer on 23. March 2015 - 9:35  (121539)

"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users. It's based on a custom Webkit port to FLTK and comes licensed under the GPLv3 ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fifth-browser/

NetRider Browser - WebKit based with FLTK GUI:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/netrider/

by Panzer on 21. February 2015 - 9:54  (121188)

"... Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core -- much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical ...":
http://www.quassel-irc.org/

by Panzer on 21. February 2015 - 9:48  (121187)
by Panzer on 18. February 2015 - 8:50  (121158)

docker-rpm-builder - build native RPM packages by leveraging docker capabilities:
https://github.com/alanfranz/docker-rpm-builder

by Panzer on 17. February 2015 - 8:21  (121147)

"... FossaMail is a free, open source, mail, news and chat client for Microsoft Windows and Linux (available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) based on Mozilla Thunderbird. It is a re-build of Mozilla Thunderbird ESR (Extended Support Releases) that has been optimized and reconfigured by the same developer behind Pale Moon browser ...":
http://www.fossamail.org/

by mrfingerz on 17. February 2015 - 4:59  (121145)

Evo/Lution an installer that installs Arch Linux with no additions or alterations.

http://www.evolutionlinux.com/

by Panzer on 16. February 2015 - 9:08  (121130)
by Panzer on 16. February 2015 - 8:52  (121129)

Pulsar is an torrent finding and streaming engine:
https://github.com/steeve/plugin.video.pulsar

by Panzer on 12. February 2015 - 9:22  (121077)

Pterosaur gives you the full power of Vim and your vimrc in each Firefox text field:
https://github.com/ardagnir/pterosaur#vim-info

"... Ever wanted to easily preview what your markdown would look like exactly on Github? Ever wanted to do that from inside of a Terminal? Well this Gem is for you. Dead simple. Never get caught writing ugly markdown again ... Octodown uses the same parsers and CSS that Github uses for their markdown rendering. Github markdown styling looks beautiful, so it is Octodown's primary goal to reproduce it as faithfully as possible ...":
https://github.com/ianks/octodown

by Panzer on 11. February 2015 - 9:42  (121073)

"... SLURM is an open-source resource manager designed for Linux clusters of all sizes. It provides three key functions. First it allocates exclusive and/or non-exclusive access to resources (computer nodes) to users for some duration of time so they can perform work. Second, it provides a framework for starting, executing, and monitoring work (typically a parallel job) on a set of allocated nodes. Finally, it arbitrates contention for resources by managing a queue of pending work ...":
https://computing.llnl.gov/linux/slurm/

by Panzer on 11. February 2015 - 9:35  (121071)

OptiPNG is a PNG optimizer that recompresses image files to a smaller size, without losing any information:
http://optipng.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 11. February 2015 - 9:26  (121069)

"... The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains, their live performance & resource utilization statistics. Wizards enable the creation of new domains, and configuration & adjustment of a domain’s resource allocation & virtual hardware. An embedded VNC and SPICE client viewer presents a full graphical console to the guest domain ...":
http://virt-manager.org/

by Panzer on 11. February 2015 - 8:30  (121060)

"... Mibibli's Quest - It's been called "Mega Man + Space Funeral," and that's probably as good of a description as anything I could come up with. It includes over 20 painstakingly-made levels each with their own themes, enemies, bosses, and gimmicks ... but it's a Flash game so if you're on Linux then you can download either non-Linux package and just open the .swf file using Flash Player ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/mibibli-s-quest/45676/

by Panzer on 10. February 2015 - 9:27  (121042)

"... TMSU is a tool for tagging your files. It provides a simple command-line tool for applying tags and a virtual filesystem so that you can get a tag-based view of your files from within any other program.

TMSU does not alter your files in any way: they remain unchanged on disk, or on the network, wherever you put them. TMSU maintains its own database and you simply gain an additional view, which you can mount, based upon the tags you set up. The only commitment required is your time and there's absolutely no lock-in ...":
http://tmsu.org/

by Panzer on 5. February 2015 - 9:56  (120967)

mhddfs - the driver combines several mount points into the single one:
http://svn.uvw.ru/mhddfs/trunk/README
http://mhddfs.uvw.ru/downloads/

by Panzer on 3. February 2015 - 9:24  (120928)

lighthouse - a scriptable popup dialog:
https://github.com/emgram769/lighthouse

by Panzer on 2. February 2015 - 9:29  (120910)

Calamares is a distribution independent installer framework:
https://github.com/calamares/calamares/releases/tag/v1.0.1

by Panzer on 31. January 2015 - 9:18  (120866)

"... Gotalk exists to make it easy for programs to talk with one another over the internet, like a web app coordinating with a web server, or a bunch of programs dividing work amongst eachother ...":
https://github.com/rsms/gotalk

by Panzer on 30. January 2015 - 9:46  (120842)

SWATd lets you configure 'sensors' that check your PC's external environment. When enough sensors 'fail', SWATd will run a script for you:
https://github.com/defuse/swatd

by Panzer on 29. January 2015 - 9:33  (120821)

"... libguestfs is a set of tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images. You can use this for viewing and editing files inside guests, scripting changes to VMs, monitoring disk used/free statistics, creating guests, P2V, V2V, performing backups, cloning VMs, building VMs, formatting disks, resizing disks, and much more ... libguestfs can access almost any disk image imaginable. It can do it securely — without needing root and with multiple layers of defence against rogue disk images. It can access disk images on remote machines or on CDs/USB sticks. It can access proprietary systems like VMware and Hyper-V ...":
http://libguestfs.org/

by Panzer on 28. January 2015 - 9:59  (120807)

"... Pygments - a generic syntax highlighter suitable for use in code hosting, forums, wikis or other applications that need to prettify source code ...":
http://pygments.org/

by Panzer on 22. January 2015 - 9:26  (120701)

Text to Speech engine for English and many other languages:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/espeak/

Tfman - text file manager:
https://chiselapp.com/user/machel/repository/tfman/doc/tip/doc/md/wiki_h...

by Panzer on 21. January 2015 - 10:34  (120694)

"... Naut - Is there life on Mars? Wander around, drive through the desert, hear what the cosmos has to tell you ...":
http://evilion.itch.io/naut

by Panzer on 21. January 2015 - 8:55  (120692)

Rage is a video and audio player written with Enlightenment Foundation Libraries with some extra bells and whistles:
https://www.enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/rage

Navi-X is a "content aggregator" app that streams multimedia content on the internet from a public directory of user contributed links and site scrapers on to your TV, PC and mobile devices:
https://code.google.com/p/navi-x/

wtftw - a tiling window manager written in Rust:
https://github.com/Kintaro/wtftw

UNTV is a cross platform DRM-free media platform for home theater computers:
https://github.com/untv/untv

Showtime is a media center primarily intended to be used directly on a TV:
https://showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime

KShutdown is a graphical shutdown utility:
http://kshutdown.sourceforge.net/

Dolphin Folder Color - extension for Dolphin file manager that lets you change the coloring of your folders:
http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Dolphin+Folder+Color?content=164008

Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce:
http://gottcode.org/xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/

QMPlay2 Media Player:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/zaps166/

budgie - a GNOME3.10 media player written in C:
http://ikeydoherty.github.io/budgie/

Fresh Pepper Player is a a wrapper package which uses Google Chrome’s Pepper-based Flash plugin in Mozilla Firefox:
https://github.com/i-rinat/freshplayerplugin

freetuxtv - the goal of this project is to create a WebTV player, working on the Linux platform:
https://code.google.com/p/freetuxtv/wiki/HomePage?wl=en

ScriptCommunicator - send and receive data with several interfaces:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/scriptcommunicator

by uriegel on 26. February 2015 - 6:59  (121237)

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

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