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Best Free Media Player for Linux
  • VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

    "Supports playback of most video files and DVD discs without the need to download external codec packs, including flv filescan. There are 5 different DVD region codes and VLC plays them all.

    VLC also has the ability to take screenshots of your video, even while during DVD playback, a real attractive feature." (Review)

  • SMPlayer

    "Intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters, remember the settings of all files you play and more."

 

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Linux
  • Rhythmbox

    "An easy-to-use music player and organizer that has a clean interface, and sports many features, such as album art display, online radio access, and CD burning. This software is powered by Gstreamer, and can therefore support all of its audio formats, such as WAV, AAC, MP3, OGG, FLAC and more." (Review)

  • Banshee

    Imports, organizes, plays, and shares music using a simple yet powerful interface. Other features include rip CDs, create playlists, burn audio and mp3 CDs, support for podcasting and music recommendations.

  • Amarok

    A powerful music player for multi platforms with an intuitive interface, supports for collection management, bookmarking, dynamic playlists, file tracking, integrated web services and more.

 

Best Free Media Center for Linux
  • XBMCXBMC

    "It is truly outstanding in this category and earns the Gizmo's Top Pick title rightfully in my eyes. It played all media files I fed it with and turned out to be the most reliable product for me.

    XBMC offers convincing media library features and is highly configurable with custom skins and backdrops. You will find a vast amount of plugins, skins and other goodies for it as the community around XBMC is large." (Review)

 

Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion for Linux
  • SoundConverter

    Aims to be simple to use and fast for conversion from most audio files to wav, flac, mp3, aac and ogg files, supports for extraction of the audio from videos too. (Note: Install GStreamer MP3 Encoding to enable conversion to mp3.)

  • Arista Transcoder

    An easy-to-use converter to convert multimedia files from one format to another for playback on various devices. Supported output formats include m4v (Ipod), avi (Nokia, PDA or DVD player), mkv (computer) and mp4 (various Sony devices), depending on the device you choose.

  • OggConvert

    A small and easy-to-use utility to convert most audio and video files to the patent-free Ogg format, and support for encoding to the Matroska container format (mkv, mka), with adjustable settings on audio and video quality for conversion.

 

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Linux
  • Kid3Kid3

    "Edit all tags, generate tags from files or vice versa, import tags from databases, browse cover arts and lyrics from online resources, drag and drop cover art to a file, export tags, etc." Kid3 uses KDE libraries, while another package Kid3-qt is also available for installation without KDE dependencies." (Review)

  • MusicBrainz Picard

    "Identify track info by matching digital thumbprint with MusicBrainz database, show up existing tags with add and delete functions." (Review)

 

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Linux
  • K3b

    A capable CD/DVD burner optimised for KDE, lets you easily burn data CDs/DVDs, create audio/video CDs and video DVDs, rip audio/video CDs and video DVDs along with other related tasks, good for experienced as well as beginner users.

  • Brasero

    Designed for ease of use to create a traditional audio CD, data CD/DVD, video DVD or a SVCD, burn an existing CD/DVD image to disc, copy a CD/DVD to a new disc or write to an image file in ISO and other formats.

 

Best Free CD / DVD Emulation Software for Linux
  • Furius ISO Mount

    "Select or drag-and-drop an image file to mount, one-click unmount, supports for burning ISO and IMG files, generate MD5 and SHA1 checksums, saving history and retrieving previously unmounted images." (Review)

  • AcetoneISO

    A feature-rich application to emulate CD/DVD drives and manage CD/DVD images. You can use it to mount disk images including ISO, BIN, NRG, MDF and IMG formats, generate an ISO image from a folder or CD/DVD, backup an audio CD to a BIN image, burn CD/DVD, convert other images to ISO, extract image content to a folder, and more.

 

Best Free CD Ripper for Linux
  • AsunderAsunder

    A simple yet powerful audio CD ripper and encoder to save audio tracks from an audio CD as any of MP3, AAC, Ogg, WAV, FLAC, Wavpack, Musepack or Monkey's audio files.

    Useful features include using CDDB to name and tag each track, encoding to multiple formats in one session, simultaneous ripping and encoding, tagging each track for a different artist and more.

 

Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux
  • HandBrake

    "Good quality in transcoded video, small file size, integrates the latest improvements to the H.264 encoding library with enhanced picture quality, speed optimizations and supports better control over multiple audio tracks." (Review)

 

Best Free DVD Authoring Software for Linux
  • DeVeDe

    An easy-to-use tool to create a video DVD, Video CD, Super Video CD and other disk images, with support for adding menus and subtitles, shifting audio and other video editing functions such as rotating, scaling, deinterlacing and more. You will need separate CD / DVD burning software to burn the disk images created by this tool for playback on your home players.

 

Best Free Photo Slideshow Software for Linux
  • ffDiaporama

    A great tool to create a slideshow of your favorite photos with background colors and images, music and transition effects, clean user interface with drag-and-drop support for slides, and a preview of the slideshow from any point.

    You can insert fixed or animated titles as well as movie clips into a slideshow, save your project for editing and export your result to mp4, mkv, mpg or avi formats. A wide range of video quality from QVGA (320x240) up to full HD (1920x1080) is supported.

 

Best Free Audio Editing / Splitter for Linux
  • AudacityAudacity

    "It does all the recording and editing I need, and is much simpler and faster to use than a lot of paid products. The interface is easy to use, allowing you to select and apply a noise profile just as easily as removing it.

    The program also can record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, edit various sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together and change the speed or pitch of a recording." (Review)

  • mp3splt-gtk

    "Splits mp3 and ogg files without re-encoding, able to identify split points between tracks via online database services (CDDB or FreeDB)." (Review)

 

Best Free Video Editor for Linux
  • AvidemuxAvidemux

    "It is designed for multi-purpose video editing and processing and is my personal favorite because of its simplicity yet wide range of tools.

    The software supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. It lets you do just about everything under the sun, with well documented tutorials." (Review)

  • OpenShot Video Editor

    An open-source and non-linear video editor which is stable and friendly to use with support for many video, audio and image formats based on FFmpeg together with lots of other useful features.

 

Best Free Video Downloader for Linux
  • ClipGrabClipGrab

    An efficient and free video downloader for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, Clipfish and many other online video sites. You can enter keywords in the box to search videos on YouTube or paste the URL to a video, then select the format and quality of the video you need, click "Grab this clip!" and the app does the rest for you.

    You can also configure how the app behaves when a downloadable video is discovered in your clipboard, and whether you want to keep metadata (ID3 tags) when you download and convert videos to mp3 files.

 

Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux
  • SimpleScreenRecorder

    An easy-to-use screen session recorder to record the entire screen, a fixed rectangle or a window on your screen, with various input options including frame rate, scale video, record cursor and audio. Output files can be saved in a container format using audio and video codecs of your choice provided they are installed and supported in your system.

 

Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Linux
  • Great Little Radio Player

    A simplistic radio station streamer allows you to listen to a collection of 400 radio stations worldwide on the Internet, sort stations by country or genre and set your favorite stations as well. Other features include add stations, import and export stations, skin changes and localization settings.

 

Best Free Music Creator for Linux
  • LMMSLMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio)

    "As a stand alone application, one would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensively full featured and versatile free music creator than this, with so many instruments and effects to choose from.

    The onboard Beat/Bassline editor removes the need for a separate drum sequencer and is a very nice touch: LMMS really is a one stop shop" (Review).

 

Best Free Music Notation Software for Linux
  • MuseScoreMuseScore

    "The best free music notation software with fast and easy note entry in WYSIWYG mode. It's integrated with a sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and allows for an unlimited number of staves; up to four voices per staff; 128 instrument sounds for playback plus eight drum and percussion sets.

    Other features include import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files; output as PDF or PNG documents and basic ensemble scoring." (Review).

 

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by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 8:32  (118635)

Xiki - a shell console with GUI features:
http://xiki.org/
https://github.com/trogdoro/xiki

by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 7:45  (118631)

PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery:
http://prediction.io/

by Panzer on 16. September 2014 - 8:21  (118606)

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It sets up the appropriate environment for compatible backup packages and simplifies the process of running them:
http://safekeep.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 7:26  (118560)

Puppet, an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification:
https://github.com/puppetlabs/puppet

pinkerton is a standalone tool for working with Docker images:
https://github.com/flynn/flynn/tree/master/pinkerton

Mustache is a logic-less templating system for HTML, config files, anything:
http://mustache.github.io/mustache.1.html

Chaos Monkey:
https://github.com/Netflix/SimianArmy/wiki/Chaos-Monkey

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 6:58  (118559)

Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server:
https://mailinabox.email/

MEGASync:
https://mega.co.nz/#blog_29

by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:09  (118415)

Pale Moon for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pm4linux/

Double Commander:
http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/doublecmd/

X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov:
http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xfe/

tmux is a terminal multiplexer, it enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tmux/

by George.J on 11. September 2014 - 13:30  (118513)

Double Commander is easily the best file manager for Linux :D Very similar to Unreal Commander.

by MidnightCowboy on 6. September 2014 - 7:41  (118416)

I use Pale Moon on Windows so must have a look at this. Thanks. :)

by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:03  (118414)

Remarkable is a powerful markdown editor:
http://remarkableapp.net/

Sunflower file manager:
http://sunflower-fm.org/

xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems:
https://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso/

"... Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. This means that unlike systems like WordPress, Ghost and Drupal which run on your web server expensively building a page every time a visitor requests one, Hugo does the building when you create your content. Since websites are viewed far more often then they are edited, Hugo is optimized for website viewing while providing a great writing experience ...":
http://hugo.spf13.com/

"... MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. ...":
http://www.mediagoblin.org/

by Panzer on 5. September 2014 - 7:56  (118395)

Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer decentralized client:
http://tribler.org/

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:14  (118265)

Limoo - a minimalist image viewer:
http://labs.sialan.org/projects/limoo

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:12  (118264)

"... QWinFF is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful command-line media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. QWinFF provides an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you use ffmpeg easily without having to type a single command. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters like bitrate and sample rate in detail ..."

http://qwinff.github.io/

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:01  (118262)

"... FOG is a free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite. FOG can be used to image Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8 PCs using PXE, PartClone, and a Web GUI to tie it together. Includes features like memory and disk test, disk wipe, av scan & task scheduling ...":
http://fogproject.org/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/?source=navbar

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 7:49  (118260)

"... slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has:

- first-class mouse support
- GUI editor-like keybindings
- copying/pasting with OS clipboard support
- undo/redo
- syntax highlighting for many languages
- a Sublime-like file sidebar
- select word to highlight other occurrences; double-click to select word
- easy-to-use finding with regex support
- bracket matching
... many other features that will make you leave nano, vim, and emacs behind ...":

https://github.com/slap-editor/slap

by Panzer on 28. August 2014 - 8:28  (118243)

"... Camicri Cube is a portable package manager (Like Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Center, but a portable one) that can be used and run in any platform (Windows, Apt-Based Linux Distributions), online and offline, in flashdrive or any removable devices without installing anything. It enables you to download Linux Applications in any computer, and installs it back to your original computer ...":

https://launchpad.net/camicricube

by Panzer on 27. August 2014 - 8:49  (118219)

Krita is a free digital painting and illustration application:
https://krita.org/

by Jojo Yee on 29. August 2014 - 6:32  (118257)

Krita is now added to the list. Thanks Panzer for valuable suggestions.

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 7:33  (118259)

You are welcome ...

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:58  (118204)

"... MakeHuman is the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for:

- Illustrations
- Animations
- Games
- Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting ...":

http://www.makehuman.org/

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:26  (118203)

"... Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments ...":
http://nixos.org/nix/

by Panzer on 20. August 2014 - 9:32  (118084)

PDF Mod is a simple application for modifying PDF documents.

You can reorder, rotate, and remove pages, export images from a document, edit the title, subject, author, and keywords, and combine documents via drag and drop:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/PdfMod

by Jojo Yee on 21. August 2014 - 4:34  (118110)

It's coincident Panzer as I was trying out the same application before reading your good suggestion. This app works pretty well and is a good alternative to PDF Shuffler. Now added to the list.

by Panzer on 26. August 2014 - 8:25  (118202)

Great minds think alike ... ;)

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.

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