Best Free Software for Linux

 
 
Best Free Internet and Email for Linux
 

Best Free BitTorrent Client for Linux

  • Vuze (formerly Azureus)

    "Cross platform, informative interface, wide variety of plugins, excellent support and the Vuze platform of legal content that downloads at high speeds." (Review)

  • Tixati

    "Performs excellently, easy on system resources, has an appealing and useful interface and has no ads or toolbar on install." (Review)

  • Transmission

    An easy-to-use yet powerful BitTorrent client with an intuitive interface and low memory footprint. The default settings just work but you can take a few clicks to configure advanced features such as watch directories, limit download and upload speed, bad peer blocklists, the web interface and more.

 

Best Free Download Manager for Linux

  • UgetUget

    "A cross-platform program designed to be simple, lightweight and easy to use. It's an open source application written in GTK+. Debian and RPM packages are readily available for download and installation.

    The program supports pause, resume and queue downloads, and classification of download files, monitors clipboard and integrates with Firefox browser via FlashGot plugin." (Review)

  • FlareGet

    FlareGet applies a dynamic file segmentation algorithm to speed up downloads and http-pipelining to further accelerate each segment. It's equipped with a queue manager, scheduler, batch downloader and flash video grabber.

    Useful features include dynamic and intelligent file management, enhanced browser integration, resume, multi-protocol and mirror supports, speed limits, etc. The free version supports up to four parallel connections per download.

  • FatRat

    An open source and feature rich download manager built on top of Qt4 library, supports HTTP(S) or FTP downloads, FTP uploads, BitTorrent (including torrent search and creating, DHT, UPnP, encryption), SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies. Other features include RSS feed with special functions for TV shows and podcasts, hash computing, RapidShare.com downloads, uploads, link verification, folder extraction and more.

 

Best Free Email Client for Linux

  • Mozilla Thunderbird

    "Customizable and expandable through add-ons, intuitive user interface." (Review)

  • Evolution: Provides integrated mail, address book and calendar, matches most other email programs in features and functionality.

 

Best Free File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Client for Linux

  • FireFTP

    "A cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox, easy to use, small, fast, feature packed, frequent updates and new features." (Review)

  • FileZilla

    "If you use a browser other than Firefox or require advanced functionality not found in FireFTP, then this is one of great standalone applications, easy to use, feature rich, includes site manager functions." (Review)

 

Best Free Instant Messaging Client for Linux

  • Pidgin

    "Supports AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr IM networks, available for multiple platforms, simple user interface, functional and lack of popups." (Review)

 

Best Free Remote Access Software for Linux

  • TeamViewerTeamViewer

    "An excellent remote control product that allows you to connect to any PC over the internet and drive it as if you were sitting in front of it.

    The software is said to have been downloaded more than 60 million times so far, and is widely praised by a number of users of Gizmo's Freeware. Another handy feature is that your grandma won't need admin privileges to run the client application, so making the connection to her PC is going to be pretty easy." (Review)

 

Best Free RSS Feed Reader or Aggregator for Linux

  • LifereaLiferea

    Liferea, an abbreviation for Linux Feed Reader, comes with distinguishing features like Google Reader and Tiny Tiny RSS sync, Google Reader labels, permanently saving headlines in news bins and reading articles when you are offline.

    Other functionality includes optional pop-up notification of new items, news items with headline, image and summary, as well as other settings in user preferences.

 

Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Linux

  • Skype

    Make Skype-to-Skype conference calls or see each other with one-to-one video calls for free. You can also send text messages, documents, video clips or photos to your friends and relatives using this application. More advanced features are available but not all services are free.

 

Best Free Web Browser for Linux

  • Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox

    "Firefox is safer and browses a tad faster than Internet Explorer (for Windows), very stable and more standards compliant, rich in features such as Private browsing, tabbed browsing and over 2000 free extensions (add-ons) that allow you to customize your experience. It provides the most flexibility, expandability, and features of any browser to date." (Review)

  • Google Chrome

    "Extremely fast, simple and intuitive interface, Incognito Mode won't leave traces of browser history, capable of creating Application Shortcuts to specific pages on the web." (Review)

  • Opera

    "In addition to being a top rate web browser, it also has a great email client, RSS reader, newsgroup reader, and IRC Chat client." (Review)

 

 
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by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 8:57  (104162)

TideSDK - Create multi-platform desktop apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript:
http://www.tidesdk.org/

by Panzer on 2. January 2013 - 9:24  (104164)

DraftSight lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files:
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/

by Panzer on 4. January 2013 - 8:52  (104215)

Sound Juicer is a clean, mean, and lean CD ripper:
http://burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer

Asunder is a graphical Audio CD ripper and encoder:
http://littlesvr.ca/asunder/

Rubyripper is a secure digital audio extraction application. It uses cdparanoia error correcting power and it's own secure ripping algorithm to make sure that a CD rip is done successfully and accurately:
http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Rubyripper

by Jojo Yee on 4. January 2013 - 9:12  (104216)

Thanks Panzer. Asunder is on the list. Will check out the other two.

by Panzer on 5. January 2013 - 10:14  (104243)

"... BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. It provides replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU fileutils, shellutils, etc. The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, the options that are included provide the expected functionality and behave very much like their GNU counterparts. BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system ...":
http://www.busybox.net/about.html

by Panzer on 8. January 2013 - 8:43  (104318)

gscan2pdf - A GUI to ease the process of producing a multipage PDF from a scan. It should work on almost any Linux/BSD machine.

Features

* Compatible with any SANE-capable scanner
* Crop, threshold & clean up scan
* Reorder pages via DND
* Write multi-page scan to PDF, DjVu or TIFF
* Write single scans to any format supported by ImageMagick
* Ocropus & tesseract support
* Place OCR output at boundary boxes supplied by Ocropus
* Incorporate PDF metadata in filename

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gscan2pdf/

Reditr was designed to serve as a simple to navigate client for Reddit:
http://reditr.com/

"... rTorrent is a text-based ncurses BitTorrent client written in C++, based on the libTorrent libraries for Unix, whose author's goal is “a focus on high performance and good code” ... On high-bandwidth connections, it claims to be able to seed at 3 times the speed of the official client ..."

http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/

by Panzer on 9. January 2013 - 8:42  (104349)

Starbuck's FreePlayer is a simple and complete media player based on the powerful MPlayer project (version for Linux is still in testing phase):
http://www.labdv.com/freeplayer/

Subvein: Mutant Factions is a free multiplayer action game. It has over 20 weapons, a strategic skills system, crazy vehicles and countless user-generated maps. It's tactical, fast-paced and most importantly, fun:
http://subvein.net/

by Panzer on 12. January 2013 - 8:16  (104416)

tcplay is a free, pretty much fully featured (including multiple keyfiles, cipher cascades, etc.) and stable TrueCrypt implementation.

This implementation supports mapping (opening) both system and normal TrueCrypt volumes, as well as opening hidden volumes and opening an outer volume while protecting a hidden volume. There is also support to create volumes, including hidden volumes, etc.:
https://github.com/bwalex/tc-play#readme

by Panzer on 14. January 2013 - 9:13  (104466)

DMDE Free Edition is a powerful software for data searching, editing, and recovery on FAT and NTFS disks:
http://softdm.com/

by Panzer on 15. January 2013 - 9:14  (104489)

Red Eclipse is a single-player and multi-player first-person ego-shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, completely at the control of map makers, while maintaining a general theme of agility in a variety of environments:
http://www.redeclipse.net/

SuperTuxKart is a Mario Kart-like arcade racing game featuring the Linux mascot Tux:
http://supertuxkart.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 16. January 2013 - 9:40  (104515)

Evince with Hand tool:
"... This PPA provides slightly enhanced Evince document viewer that pan scroll mode (like "Hand tool" in Adobe Reader) is added. It's probably suitable for touch panel based computers ...":
https://launchpad.net/~irie/+archive/evince

by Panzer on 17. January 2013 - 10:05  (104561)

Extreme Tux Racer is an open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot:
http://extremetuxracer.com/

FooBillard - free 3D OpenGL billard game:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/foobillard/

BomberClone:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bomberclone/

KBounce is a single player arcade game with the elements of puzzle. It is played on a field, surrounded by wall, with two or more balls that move about in the field bouncing off of walls. The player can build new walls, decreasing the size of active field:
http://games.kde.org/game.php?game=kbounce

LBreakout2:
http://lgames.sourceforge.net/index.php?project=LBreakout2

Pipewalker - This is a puzzle game in which you need to combine the components into a single circuit: connect all computers to a network server, bring water to the taps, etc:
http://pipewalker.sourceforge.net/

Berusky is a 2D logic game:
http://anakreon.cz/?q=node/1

Crack Attack!:
http://www.aluminumangel.org/attack/#screen%20shots

Regnum Online:
http://www.regnumonlinegame.com/

by Jojo Yee on 17. January 2013 - 12:13  (104564)

LBreakout2 has been in the list. BillardGL is included as it's rated higher than FooBilliard in this review.

Will look at many others that you've suggested.

by Jojo Yee on 18. January 2013 - 3:53  (104602)

Update:

PipeWalker now added.

by Panzer on 19. January 2013 - 9:28  (104637)

Red Rogue - a side-scrolling roguelike-like computer game:
http://redrogue.net/

by Panzer on 21. January 2013 - 10:04  (104694)

xvidcap is a screen capture enabling you to capture videos off yourX-Window desktop for illustration or documentation purposes:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/

by Panzer on 24. January 2013 - 9:01  (104773)

Mari0 - Mario game with Portal gun mechanics:
http://stabyourself.net/mari0/

Ortho Robot is a perspective based puzzle game, where you flatten the view to move across gaps. Your objective is to reach the ending green block (either by standing directly on it or standing on it in relative space). For some extra challenge, try to collect all coins and perfect your time, steps and number of warps:
http://stabyourself.net/orthorobot/

Ever wondered how Pacman would be like with physics? No? Well, it's revolutionary. This mashup of "Not" and "Pacman" puts The Pac and the Ghosts in a in a Pacworld cage, at mercy of gravity and the level's shape, controlled solely by you. Ghosts still don't like you very much, so you should be careful to make Pacman avoid them:
http://stabyourself.net/notpacman/

by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 9:22  (104799)

Citadel

Features:

* Email, calendaring, address books, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and more … all in one tightly integrated server package. Unlike other open source groupware systems, all of Citadel's data stores are built-in. All that tedious mucking about with dependencies and config files is a thing of the past.
* High-performance, multiprotocol, multithreaded server engine
* Wiki and blog engines built in. Citadel is a collaboration server and a content management system!
* Web browser, telnet/SSH, local client software accessible
* Standards-compliant e-mail built in: IMAP, POP3, ESMTP
* Group calendaring and scheduling (WebDAV, GroupDAV, and Kolab-1 compatible)
* Built-in listserv (mailing list server)
* Integrated server-side mail sorting and filtering. Users can choose between an easy-to-use web based rules editor, or the power of writing complex scripts using the industry standard Sieve language.
* Support for push e-mail and mobile devices
* Database-driven, single-instance message store
* Built-in full text index for fast searching
* Authenticated SMTP for remote email submission
* Multiple domain support
* Built-in integration with perimiter email filtering technologies such as Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBL's), SpamAssassin, and ClamAV antivirus
* Server-to-server replication. Users in any number of domains can be spread out across any number of Citadel servers, allowing you to put data where you need it, and enabling infinite horizontal scalability.
* Web-based access to email, calendars, and everything else through a powerful AJAX-style front end
* Very strong support for “public folders” and message forums.
* Built-in instant messenger service
* SSL/TLS encryption for all protocols
* Citadel is true open source software. Unlike other groupware servers, it isn't a cut-down version of an expensive proprietary “pro” version. We make our very best work available to everyone on the same terms. 100% of our code is covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL3).

http://www.citadel.org/doku.php/doku.php?id=start

by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 10:45  (104802)

King Arthur's Gold Free Version - 2D Strategy:
http://kag2d.com/en/

by Panzer on 29. January 2013 - 8:46  (104911)
by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:17  (104963)

Open Sonic is an open-source game based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it's possible to control 3 characters simultaneously. Unlike most similar games, Open Sonic provides a greater level of interaction between the player and the levels. It's more than just a jump'n'run; the user must come up with some strategy in order to get through the levels:
http://opensnc.sourceforge.net/home/index.php

LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lincity-ng.berlios/

by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:23  (104966)

Bombermaaan - A classic Bomberman game with multiplayer support:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bombermaaan/

Unvanquished is an open-source first-person shooter combining real-time strategy elements with a futuristic, sci-fi setting:
http://www.unvanquished.net/

Mega Mario:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mmario/?source=directory

The Bub's Brothers:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bub-n-bros/?source=directory

Cubosphere:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cubosphere/

FreeOrion is an open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game:
http://www.freeorion.org/index.php/Main_Page

by Panzer on 2. February 2013 - 10:00  (105052)

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer & singleplayer first person shooter, the successor of the Cube FPS:
http://sauerbraten.org/

Other games from the same developer:
http://cubeengine.com/

by Panzer on 9. February 2013 - 8:28  (105224)

Everpad - Evernote client well integrated with linux desktop:

Client has:

* unity lens
* indicator applet
* unity launcher

Client support:

* notes
* tags
* notebooks
* resources
* places
* en-* tags

https://github.com/nvbn/everpad#readme

by Panzer on 12. February 2013 - 9:43  (105334)

Rapid Photo Downloader - photo and video downloader:

Features:

* Generates meaningful, user configurable file and folder names
* Downloads photos and videos from multiple devices simultaneously
* Backs up photos and videos as they are downloaded
* Is carefully optimized to download and back up at high speed
* Easy to configure and use
* Runs under Gnome, KDE and other Linux desktop environments
* Available in thirty languages
* Program configuration and use is fully documented

http://www.damonlynch.net/rapid/

by Panzer on 13. February 2013 - 10:03  (105368)

"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vifm/

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 9:18  (105516)

Textroom is a free full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind:
http://textroom.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 10:53  (105518)

NeonView - lightweight image viewer:
http://www.tuxarena.com/neonview/

by Panzer on 20. February 2013 - 9:15  (105569)

"... Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons ...":
http://www.xonotic.org/

"... Kernel Panic is a game about computers. Systems, Hackers and Networks wage war in a matrix of DOOM ...":
http://springrts.com/wiki/Kernel_Panic

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 9:10  (105632)

Ostinato is an open-source, cross-platform network packet crafter/traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be "Wireshark in Reverse" and become complementary to Wireshark:
http://code.google.com/p/ostinato/

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