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Best Free Backgammon for Linux

GNU Backgammon houses the all powerful GnuBG neural network engine in an ambitious freeware project with a wealth of advanced options and capbilities. It is a highly enjoyable powerplay program to delight all backgammon enthusiasts and a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. (Review)

 

Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Linux

BillardGLBillardGL , a brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball. The 3D graphics are second-to-none and the physics appear to be flawless.

The user interface is simple and the controls straightforward. As you assess your next shot, you can view the table layout from any perspective you want, roaming and zooming and peering. (Review)

 

Best Free Breakout Game for Linux

LBreakout2LBreakout2 , an extremely polished Breakout Clone features a two-player mode (local or over the internet or LAN), fine animations and graphics, excellent controls, the ability to save a game, a level editor, and a turbo key.

This game gets regular Level Set updates. The fun continues well beyond when you have mastered the 50+ levels. (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Chess for Linux

PyChessPyChess , with this program, you can play against the GNU Chess engine or lots of other chess engines, such as the Crafty engine. You can also play Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers.

It allows for saving games in the PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats so that you can always return to continue with the games or analyze them. It also offers opening books and other useful features including undo moves, hint and spy modes, sound and animation effects." (Review)

 

HOXChess , a well designed open source Chinese Chess application with highly configurable user interface and multi engines for you to choose from. You can also easily connect to multi remote Xiangqi servers to play the game online. (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Go for Linux

PANDA-glGo , 2D and 3D boards, adjustable board size and engine strength, play online or offline, etc. (Review)

 

Best Free First-Person Shooter for Linux

Urban TerrorUrban Terror , described as fun over realism by the creators, the game has fast paced, intense game-play. Urban Terror doesn't throw realism to the wind mind you, but rather tries to enhance game-play with elements like powerslides and wallhops.

Five different game types, over a thousand servers, plenty of players to go around and no waiting for people to show up. (Review)

 

Best Free Hearts Game for Linux

Gnome Hearts , various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles. (Review)

 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Linux

Picpuz , create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver. (Review)

 

Best Free Lemmings Game for Linux

Pingus , play a free clone of the popular Lemmings game and guide as many penguins as possible to build bridges, climb, bash and use their talents to reach home before they fall into traps. Optional sound effects and music, plenty of level sets and even a level editor are available for challenging your skills.

 

Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Linux

Frozen BubbleFrozen Bubble , designed with colorful 3D rendered penguin animations and 15 stereo sound effects, Frozen Bubble comes with editable 100 levels for 1-player game, or hours and hours of 2-player game. You can also choose to have multi-player game over the local area network or Internet.

Play this game with the left or right key to aim your shot and up key to fire. Hone your skills in speed and accuracy before the bubbles get frozen! (Review)

 

Best Free Physics Game for Linux

Numpty PhysicsNumpty Physics , an excellent open source and multi-platform physics game with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3-year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist! (Review)

 

Best Free Pipe-Building Puzzle for Linux

PipeWalker , solve this casual puzzle in building a piping or network system by connecting all scattered pieces with your logic and skill. With support for four map sizes, themes and auto save, it has multiple levels for you to figure out. A binary package is available here for Ubuntu and compatible distros.

 

Best Free Reversi for Linux

KReversi , 7-level of difficulty, clean and helpful interface, show legal moves and last move, undo moves, hints, animation, etc. (Review)

 

Best Free Sandbox Game for Linux

Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress is so horrendously in depth. It's nearing insanity, everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems and utility stones by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

For the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing. However, the Dwarf Fortress Wiki or captnducks video tutorials may come in handy. (Review)

 

Best Free Simulation Game for Linux

OpenCity , a 3D city simulator like a classic SimCity game for you to construct a city divided into residential, commercial and industrial zones. You can connect them by building roads, provide the city with necessary goods and watch it grow up with the power you supply.

 

TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator) , a multi-platform car racing simulation game allows you to drive different cars in races against computer opponents or human players. The game play allows different types of races from a simple practice session up to the championship while the simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and more. (Review)

 

Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Linux

HoDoKuHoDoKu , an open source program allows you to generate sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

While playing the game, you can select to view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths. When you click on a solution path, it highlights the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. (Review)

 
 
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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

by Panzer on 3. January 2015 - 10:29  (120372)

"... Godot is an advanced, feature packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine. It provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel ...":
http://www.godotengine.org/wp/
http://www.godotengine.org/wp/features/

by Panzer on 3. January 2015 - 9:18  (120370)

gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you:
http://gpodder.org/

"... Newsbeuter is an open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals. It runs on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like operating systems. Newsbeuter's great configurability and vast number of features make it a perfect choice for people that need a slick and fast feed reader that can be completely controlled via keyboard ...":
http://www.newsbeuter.org/

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