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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 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 Panzer on 20. January 2015 - 9:17  (120661)

"... I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z ...:"
http://i-nex.linux.pl/about/
http://i-nex.linux.pl/install/

by vandamme on 20. January 2015 - 15:38  (120674)

i-nex gives an impressive amount of hardware information displayed in an easy to read format.
I couldn't install the stable version on Mint 17.1 because of dependencies, but the daily version installed and ran well.

by Jojo Yee on 20. January 2015 - 10:32  (120662)

Thanks Panzer for the various suggestions. I-Nex has now been added to the list.

by Panzer on 20. January 2015 - 8:49  (120660)

"... Drake is a simple-to-use, extensible, text-based data workflow tool that organizes command execution around data and its dependencies ...":
https://github.com/Factual/drake

blessed-contrib - build dashboards (or any other application) using ascii/ansi art and javascript:
https://github.com/yaronn/blessed-contrib

by Panzer on 19. January 2015 - 9:49  (120638)

"... bomi is a multimedia player formerly known as CMPlayer, which is aimed for easy usage but also provides various powerful features and convenience functions ...:"
http://bomi-player.github.io/

by Panzer on 19. January 2015 - 9:09  (120636)

CCExtractor - a tool that analyzes video files and produces independent subtitle files from the closed captions data:
http://ccextractor.sourceforge.net/about-ccextractor.html

by Panzer on 17. January 2015 - 9:23  (120610)

"... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...":
http://foicica.com/textadept/

DavMail is a POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP gateway allowing users to use any mail client with Exchange, even from the internet through Outlook Web Access on any platform:
http://davmail.sourceforge.net/

"... ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system, available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration and profiling of displays and RGB&CMYK printers ...:"
http://argyllcms.com/

dispcalGUI is a graphical user interface developed for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS:
http://dispcalgui.hoech.net/

by Jojo Yee on 20. January 2015 - 10:35  (120663)

Tried Textadept. It lacks some good features of Bluefish Editor though.

by Panzer on 16. January 2015 - 10:21  (120590)

Bangarang Player:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Bangarang-52125.shtml

Trojitá - a Qt IMAP e-mail client:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/trojita/

Curlew is an open source graphical application built around the well known FFmpeg/avconv and Mencoder command-line video/audio conversion utilities to provide users with an easy-to-use video conversion tool:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Curlew-95832.shtml

by Panzer on 16. January 2015 - 10:11  (120589)

OmegaT is a free and open source multiplatform Computer Assisted Translation tool with fuzzy matching, translation memory, keyword search, glossaries, and translation leveraging into updated projects:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/omegat/

2... Skrooge allows you to manage your personal finances, powered by KDE 4.x. Thanks to its many features, it is one of the most powerful way to enter, follow, and analyze your expenses... :"
http://skrooge.org/

by Panzer on 16. January 2015 - 9:31  (120588)

"... Baka MPlayer is a free and open source, cross-platform, libmpv based multimedia player. Its simple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered, simple, and enjoyable environment for watching tv shows ...:"
http://bakamplayer.u8sand.net/

Quanta Plus:
http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=10135

DockbarX:
https://launchpad.net/dockbar

by Panzer on 14. January 2015 - 9:13  (120562)

"... Rendera is an open-source painting package. It is useful for useful for photo-retouching, seamless tile production, and other painting tasks ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rendera/

by Panzer on 13. January 2015 - 9:11  (120547)

PyGTK lets you to easily create programs with a graphical user interface using the Python programming language:
http://www.pygtk.org/

nvpy is a simplenote-syncing note-taking tool:
https://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy

by Panzer on 12. January 2015 - 9:10  (120531)

Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor/

EiskaltDC++ is a cross-platform program that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocols:
https://code.google.com/p/eiskaltdc/

"... bpython is a fancy interface to the Python interpreter ...":
http://www.bpython-interpreter.org/

"... TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT, It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files ...:"
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/

by Panzer on 10. January 2015 - 9:20  (120501)

"... Strife is a competitive online game that features non-stop action and thrilling combat. Take control of powerful and versatile heroes, each capable of dominating in unique ways, and exert your will in an epic battle between two teams ...":
https://strife.com/getting-started
https://strife.com/download

Acme is a programmer's text editor, shell, and user interface:
https://code.google.com/p/acme-sac/

by Panzer on 10. January 2015 - 8:41  (120499)

Drukkar is a small blogging software program and CMS:
http://drukkar.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/drukkar/

rCSSmin is a CSS minifier written in python:
http://opensource.perlig.de/rcssmin/

gipfel helps to find the names of mountains or points of interest on a picture:
http://www.ecademix.com/JohannesHofmann/gipfel.html

flpsed is a WYSIWYG PostScript annotator:
http://www.flpsed.org/flpsed.html

"... NightmareTris is a Tetris-like game with a particular feature: it always tries to choose the worst-fitting tetromino to make it as annoying to play as possible ...":
https://github.com/giacomodrago/nightmaretris

"... Zatacka X is a modern, free remake of the classic Achtung, die Kurve!. In addition to all the features from the original game, Zatacka X includes special weapons, updated graphics, sound effects and AI controlled opponents ...":
https://github.com/simenheg/zatackax

by vandamme on 9. January 2015 - 19:54  (120487)

Variety wallpaper changer has been updated to 0.5.0 beta (works pretty good though). It has a ton of features, but the new version features collaboration between users at https://vrty.org/ . I haven't figured out how that's supposed to work, though. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "variety" among the wallpapers so far. I guess I'm a different kind of geek.

by Panzer on 9. January 2015 - 10:14  (120480)

Buoh is a reader for online strips comics:
http://buoh.steve-o.org/

by Panzer on 9. January 2015 - 8:23  (120478)

CmdLauncher - aimed at helping people use command line tools in a GUI way:
http://www.topbug.net/cmdlauncher/

by Panzer on 8. January 2015 - 8:58  (120455)

"... Lost Constellation is a Longest Night ghost story. Travel into the frozen woods in a folktale from the world of Night In The Woods ...":
http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation

by Panzer on 7. January 2015 - 8:46  (120435)

dex is a small and easy to use text editor:
https://github.com/tihirvon/dex

by vandamme on 6. January 2015 - 21:10  (120424)

LIOS (Linux Intelligent OCR Solution) is a one-stop OCR solution. It interfaces with a scanner, camera, PDF or image file, runs an OCR using the Tesseract or Cuneiform OCR engines, and saves the text in multiple formats, including reading it aloud in a robot voice. It sounded good, and there's a .deb package (there's also rpm packages), so I installed easily it in my Mint 17.1 by clicking on the downloaded package.

The OCR engine worked fine on whatever I threw at it with few errors, except for a 30 year old dot matrix print. Unfortunately, the program itself tends to be a "work in progress"; I haven't been able to export to PDF or text, except by highlighting text and cut-and-paste. Some of the other buttons will simply crash it.

The version I tried, 1.9.2, was released December 8, 2014, and version 2 will be releaased "soon", so this bears watching because it shows promise.

https://code.google.com/p/linux-intelligent-ocr-solution/

by Panzer on 6. January 2015 - 10:17  (120417)

"... Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents almost all crashes*, and eliminates data races ...":
http://www.rust-lang.org/
http://www.rust-lang.org/install.html

KeePassC is a curses-based password manager compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX:
http://raymontag.github.io/keepassc/

by Panzer on 6. January 2015 - 10:01  (120416)

MUP is a markup previewer:
https://github.com/agateau/mup

GNOME MultiWriter can be used to write an ISO file to multiple USB devices at once:
https://github.com/hughsie/gnome-multi-writer

by Panzer on 5. January 2015 - 8:50  (120398)

Go For It! is a simple and stylish productivity app, featuring a to-do list, merged with a timer that keeps your focus on the current task:
http://manuel-kehl.de/projects/go-for-it

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