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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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"... Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones ...":

https://github.com/mawww/kakoune/

 

"... Scumblr is a web application that allows performing periodic searches and storing/taking actions on the identified results ...":

https://github.com/Netflix/scumblr

 

"... qfc is a shell auto-complete alternative which features real-time multi-directories matching: It provides results while you type against files in the current directory and its sub-directories ...":

https://github.com/pindexis/qfc

 

doit is a task management and automation tool:

http://pydoit.org/

 

".. toplip is our command line, very strong encryption and decryption utility with optional plausible deniability, image embedding, and multiple/variable passphrase complexity ...":

https://2ton.com.au/toplip/

 

"... Pentobi is a computer opponent for the board game Blokus ...":

http://pentobi.sourceforge.net/

 

mtCellEdit - a lightweight spreadsheet program:

http://mtcelledit.sourceforge.net/

 

"... Cyrus is a highly scalable enterprise mail system designed for use in enterprise environments of various sizes using standards based technologies ...":

https://cyrusimap.org/index.php

 

nuBASIC is a programming language from the BASIC family:

http://www.nubasic.eu/

"... Oh-My-Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your ZSH configuration ...":

http://ohmyz.sh/

 

"... 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 ...":

http://freshcode.club/projects/fifth

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fifth-browser/

 

"Scribes .... a minimalist text editor that combines simplicity with power ...":

http://scribes.sourceforge.net/

 

hbro - a minimal web-browser written and configured in Haskell:

https://github.com/k0ral/hbro

 

"... tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch. It is not meant to replace a window manager, just complement it ...":

http://www.rillion.net/tabble/index.html

 

howm - a lightweight, X11 tiling window manager that behaves like vim:
 
Vault secures, stores, and tightly controls access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets in modern computing:
 
The traditional vi - the traditional vi editor, ported to modern Unix systems:
 

Edbrowse is a combination editor, browser, and mail client that is 100% text based:

http://edbrowse.org/

"... Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for photo and image editing and collection management.The goal is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use ...":

http://www.kornelix.com/fotoxx.html

"... Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. Geekbench 3 makes it easier than ever to find out if your computer is up to speed ...":

http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/

wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPLv3) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine:
http://wkhtmltopdf.org/


NxFilter is a freeware web-filter:
http://www.nxfilter.org/p2/

 

"... K2pdfopt optimizes PDF/DJVU files for mobile e-readers (e.g. the Kindle) and smartphones. It works well on multi-column PDF/DJVU files and can re-flow text even on scanned PDF files. It can also be used as a general PDF copying/cropping/re-sizing/OCR-ing manipulation tool ...":

http://www.willus.com/k2pdfopt/

 

Lurch is a simple math word processor with a general-purpose math checker built in:
http://lurchmath.org/

 

Knot DNS is a high-performance authoritative-only DNS server:

https://www.knot-dns.cz/

 

Vim colors:

http://vimcolors.com/

 

CmapTools software empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps:
http://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/

 

Pingendo:

http://pingendo.com/

Packer is a tool for creating machine and container images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration:
https://www.packer.io/

Ring gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy:
http://ring.cx/

 

"... Smuxi - user-friendly IRC/Twitter/XMPP/Campfire/JabbR client ...":
https://smuxi.im/

 

web-vmstats - prettify vmstats in your browser:

https://github.com/joewalnes/web-vmstats

 

KVIrc:

http://www.kvirc.net/

 

FVWM-Crystal aims to create an easy to use, eye-candy but also powerful desktop environment for Linux:
http://fvwm-crystal.sourceforge.net/

Fedy lets you install multimedia codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like mp3 support, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc., and much more with just a few clicks:

https://satya164.github.io/fedy/

 

Nuclide is a collection of packages for Atom to provide IDE-like functionality for a variety of programming languages and technologies:
http://nuclide.io/

 

BowlerStudio is a device manager, scripting engine, CAD package, and simulation tool all in one application:

https://github.com/NeuronRobotics/BowlerStudio

Viber for Linux lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users on any device and network, in any country:

https://www.viber.com/en/products/linux

 

k is a zsh script / plugin to make directory listings more readable, adding a bit of color and some git status information on files and directories:

https://github.com/rimraf/k

 

lsp: list files in a mildly human-frendlier manner:

https://github.com/dborzov/lsp

 

ImageScraper - command line tool which downloads images from the given webpage:

https://github.com/sananth12/ImageScraper

Servo is a prototype web browser engine written in the Rust language:

https://github.com/servo/servo

Dovecot is an open source IMAP and POP3 email server for Linux/UNIX-like systems, written with security primarily in mind:

http://www.dovecot.org/

 


dispcal GUI - open source display calibration and characterization:
http://dispcalgui.hoech.net/

 

"... aptly is a swiss army knife for Debian repository management: it allows you to mirror remote repositories, manage local package repositories, take snapshots, pull new versions of packages along with dependencies, publish as Debian repository ...":

http://www.aptly.info/

"... xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks ...":

https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/xombrero

 

Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system:

https://www.kismetwireless.net/

 

"... Apache Directory Studio is a complete directory tooling platform intended to be used with any LDAP server however it is particularly designed for use with ApacheDS ...":
https://directory.apache.org/studio/

 

"... GlusterFS is a scalable network filesystem. Using common off-the-shelf hardware, you can create large, distributed storage solutions for media streaming, data analysis, and other data- and bandwidth-intensive tasks ...":

http://www.gluster.org/

 

"... Graylog is a fully integrated open source log management platform for collecting, indexing, and analyzing both structured and unstructured data from almost any source ...":
https://www.graylog.org/

 

 GNS3 - a graphical network simulator to design and configure virtual networks:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gns-3/

 

NXLOG is a universal log collector and forwarder supporting different platforms, log sources and protocols:
http://nxlog-ce.sourceforge.net/

 

"... Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron ...":
https://jenkins-ci.org/

 

Ganglia is a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ganglia/

Cuckoo is an automated malware analysis system: a tool that allows you to understand what a given file does when executed inside an isolated environment:
http://www.cuckoosandbox.org/

 

DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux) is free software, open source solution to managing the deployment of the GNU/Linux operating system across many clients:

http://drbl.org/

 

Fluentd is an open source data collector for unified logging layer:

http://www.fluentd.org/

 

"... Kibana is an open source data visualization platform that allows you to interact with your data through stunning, powerful graphics that can be combined into custom dashboards that help you share insights from your data far and wide ...":

https://www.elastic.co/products/kibana

 

"... Entangle provides a graphical interface for “tethered shooting”, aka taking photographs with a digital camera completely controlled from the computer ...":

http://entangle-photo.org/

 

ascii-minesweeper:

https://github.com/Aracthor/ascii-minesweeper

 

"... TeemIp ... is a robust Open Source web 2.0 solution that enables professional IP Management activity within IT departments of all size....":

http://www.teemip.com/

 

Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions:

https://asciinema.org/

 

"... Jahshaka is bringing you the future of immersive digital content creation. It delivers a media management and playback platform the is accentuated by compositing, editing and effects modules ...":
http://www.jahshaka.com/

 

CherryMusic - a music streaming server written in Python:

http://www.fomori.org/cherrymusic/

"... tonight you die is an audio rich first person exploration game. players are abandoned in a desolate brutalist cityscape with only a menacing note as a clue: "tonight you die" ...":

http://duendegames.itch.io/tonightyoudie

"... BitlBee brings IM (instant messaging) to IRC clients. It's a great solution for people who have an IRC client running all the time and don't want to run an additional MSN/AIM/whatever client ...":

https://www.bitlbee.org/

 

"... Vimb is a fast and lightweight vim like web browser based on the webkit web browser engine and the GTK toolkit. Vimb is modal like the great vim editor and also easily configurable during runtime. Vimb is mostly keyboard driven and does not detract you from your daily work ...":

https://fanglingsu.github.io/vimb/

 

Termite - a keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support:

https://github.com/thestinger/termite

 

"... preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/preload/

 

DBeaver - a universal database tool for developers and database administrators:

http://dbeaver.jkiss.org/

 

Buddi is a personal finance and budgeting program:
http://buddi.digitalcave.ca/

 

FreeWRL is an Open Source, cross platform VRML2 and X3D compliant browser, with script, SAI and EAI support:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freewrl/

 

Photivo:

http://photivo.org/

 

Photoflow - a fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete workflow from RAW image development to printing:
http://aferrero2707.github.io/PhotoFlow/

Gitolite allows you to setup git hosting on a central server, with fine-grained access control and many more powerful features:

http://gitolite.com/gitolite/index.html

 

mtr combines the functionality of the 'traceroute' and 'ping' programs in a single network diagnostic tool:

https://github.com/traviscross/mtr

 

etckeeper is a collection of tools to let /etc be stored in a git, mercurial, bazaar or darcs repository:

http://etckeeper.branchable.com/

 

Valentina Studio is the ultimate data management tool for database administrators:
https://www.valentina-db.com/en/get-free-valentina-studio

 

HipChat:
https://www.hipchat.com/

 

"... Profile-sync-daemon (psd) is a tiny pseudo-daemon designed to manage your browser's profile in tmpfs and to periodically sync it back to your physical disc (HDD/SSD). This is accomplished via a symlinking step and an innovative use of rsync to maintain back-up and synchronization between the two. One of the major design goals of psd is a completely transparent user experience ...":

https://github.com/graysky2/profile-sync-daemon

4bit terminal color scheme designer:

http://ciembor.github.io/4bit/

 

feh is an X11 image viewer:

http://feh.finalrewind.org/

 

qiv - image viewer:

http://spiegl.de/qiv/

 

Viewnior is a fast and simple image viewer:

http://siyanpanayotov.com/project/viewnior/

 

xzgv is a keyboard-controllable fast picture viewer:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xzgv/

"... Iridium is a free, open, and libre browser modification of the Chromium code base, with privacy being enhanced in several key areas. Automatic transmission of partial queries, keywords, metrics to central services inhibited and only occurs with consent. In addition, all our builds are reproducible, and modifications are auditable, setting the project ahead of other secure browser providers ...":
https://iridiumbrowser.de/

 

Inox browser:

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=198763

zer0prompt:

https://github.com/zer0ed/zer0prompt/

 

Epsxe - a Playstation emulator:
http://epsxe.com/

 

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS). In a RTS game, the player has to combat his enemies while developing his war economy:

http://www.boswars.org/index.shtml

 

Enpass takes care of all your life important credentials & online accounts in safe and best way:

http://www.enpass.io/apps/linux/

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an Open Source two-dimensional platform game with a design similar to classic computer games:

http://www.secretmaryo.org/

 

Potrace is a tool for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable image:

http://potrace.sourceforge.net/

 

"... Koala is a GUI application for Less, Sass, Compass and CoffeeScript compilation, to help web developers to use them more efficiently ...":

http://koala-app.com/

"... Compose is a tool for defining and running complex applications with Docker. With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running ...":

https://docs.docker.com/compose/

 

"... Solaar is a Linux device manager for Logitech’s  Unifying Receiver peripherals. It is able to pair/unpair devices to the receiver, and for most devices read battery status ...":

https://github.com/pwr/Solaar

 

PS3 Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:
http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

Caddy - the HTTP/2 web server:
http://caddyserver.com/

 

Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred (OS X app) for Linux. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips:

https://github.com/qdore/Mutate

Foobnix - lightweight and functional music player for Linux:
http://foobnix.com/en/index.html

 

Antimony - free graph-based 3D CAD system:

http://www.mattkeeter.com/projects/antimony/3/

 

LibreCAD:

http://librecad.org/cms/home.html

 

Using ZeroTier One you can create a global provider-independent virtual private cloud network in minutes:

https://www.zerotier.com/

 

DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

 

nQuake:

http://www.nquake.com/

"... LeoCAD is a CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently includes over 6000 different pieces created by the ​LDraw community ...":

http://www.leocad.org/trac

 

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects:
http://www.openscad.org/

 

Brackets - text editor:

http://brackets.io/

Archimedes is a free and open source CAD software:

http://archimedescad.github.io/Archimedes/

 

"... Kexi is an open source visual database applications creator, a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access
or Filemaker ..." (part of Calligra suite):

http://www.kexi-project.org/

 

EGroupware is a multi-user, web-based groupware suite:

http://www.egroupware.org/products-and-prices/egroupware-community-editi...

 

Onepoint project:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/opproject/

 

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