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5. Best Free Disk and File Tools for Linux
 

 

Best Free File Manager for Linux
  • Dolphin

    A file manager for KDE (by default) and good for other desktop environments such as GNOME as well, focusing on usability with navigation bar, view properties, split of views, dockable panels and many other useful features.

 

Best Free Duplicate File Detector for Linux
  • FSlint

    A convenient tool with both GUI and command lines modes to detect duplicate files and reclaim disk space. It also helps to identify unwanted or problematic file names, temporary files, bad symlinks, empty directories, nonstripped binaries and redundant whitespaces.

 

Best Free Drive Imaging Program for Linux
  • Clonezilla

    Saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk and increases the close efficiency. The version of Clonezilla Live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. (Review)

  • G4U ("Ghosting for Unix")

    "Not only can it clone disk to disk (any size) and copy disk partitions, it can also create and restore image files both locally and from an FTP site, if the workstation is connected to a wired network with a DCHP service." (Review)

 

Best Free Backup Program for Linux
  • Back In TimeBack In Time

    A convenient tool to backup your specified files and folders, with profiles to set up where to save snapshots at a time interval you choose, sources to include files and folders, recommended patterns to exclude, auto-remove and other options.

    This application minimizes usage of your disk space by taking a snapshot only if the files have been changed, and hard links for unmodified files. Both GNOME and KDE front-ends are available. (Review)

  • luckyBackup

    A useful tool to safely back up your data that you've changed in a source directory to a destination directory, or create multiple backup snapshots to a specific date and time. You can also use it to sync any directories to keep files identical on various devices.

    Other features include options to exclude certain files, setting up profiles, scheduling and simulation controls. (Review)

  • Areca Backup

    "Areca supports the typical full, mirror, incremental, and differential backup methods with several additional “storage modes” including a delta block mode. For compressed archives, it uses both Zip and Zip 64 with the choice of just about any encoding algorithm your heart desires. It allows you to place each backup in a single Zip archive, or a separate Zip for each file. Zip archives can be automatically split at any size you choose." (Review)

 

Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility for Linux
  • FreeFileSyncFreeFileSync

    "A solid application with very clear and informative interface. The preview is very easy to understand, file collisions and deletions are readily recognizable.

    If you require a sync program that can copy files that are in use or locked, it has you covered there too!" (Review)

  • Grsync

    A graphical user interface for rsync and an effective tool to synchronize folders, files and make backups with support for sessions, simulation, execution, checksum, logging as well as other basic and advanced options for you to choose.

 

Best Free File Comparison Utility for Linux
  • KDiff3

    A convenient tool for you to compare two or three input files and show the differences line by line and character by character. It also provides an automatic merge facility and an integrated editor for comfortable solving of merge conflicts. (Review)

 

Best Free File Archiver / Zip Utilities for Linux
  • PeaZip

    "Easy to use and very versatile, capable of creating 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ/ZPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP files and extracting from 98 archive types." (Review)

  • File Roller and Ark

    Both archive managers designed respectively for GNOME and KDE desktop environments to create archives, view or extract files from archives, work as front-ends to command-line archivers supporting various file formats.

 

Best Free Partition Manager for Linux
  • GParted

    "A GNOME partition editor for resizing (enlarging or shrinking), creating or deleting, moving or copying partitions on a hard disk, creating a partition table, enabling or disabling partition flags such as boot and hidden." (Review)

  • Parted Magic

    "Employs core programs of GParted and GNU Parted to handle partitioning tasks and can be run from a live CD, DVD or USB flash drive." (Review)

  • TestDisk

    "A console application designed for data recovery. It can be used to fix partition table, recover deleted partitions or copy files from deleted partitions." (Review)

 

Best Free Secure Erase Utility for Linux
  • Darik's Boot and Nuke

    "Constructs a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the hard drives of any PC that's booted from the disk, great for bulk disk cleaning and emergency." (Review)

 

Best Free File Encryption Utility for Linux
  • TrueCryptTrueCrypt

    "TrueCrypt is a powerful, flexible and highly-effective encryption program to encrypt files, folders or entire drives. Use this seasoned, widely-used encryption program when you want an encrypted container that mounts as a virtual drive.

    It's one of those freeware programs that is far superior to commercial software and its open source status allows the all-important peer review of the source code required for a trustworthy encryption program." (Review)

  • GNU Privacy Assistant (GPA)

    A useful tool with the graphical user interface for the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) to encrypt, decrypt, sign files, verify signatures and manage the private and public keys.

 

Best Free CD Recovery Utility for Linux
  • Dvdisaster

    "A preventive program to create an error correction file from a good CD or DVD for data recovery." (Review)

 

Best Free Online Backup Sites for Linux
  • Dropbox

    "Provides 2 GB free space for backing up and sharing your files, works similar to any other folder of your computer—after installation, simply drag and drop files/folders to Dropbox you want to backup, share or sync with other computer." (Review)

 

Best Free File Copy Utility for Linux
  • UltraCopierUltraCopier

    "UltraCopier has some pretty exciting features including an excellent file resume option, which allows for resuming of a file transfer from a disconnected USB key. If you're in the middle of a file transfer from a USB key and it somehow becomes disconnected, when you plug it in again all you have to do is to hit resume and it will pick up where you left off!

    It has also other useful options such as speed limitation and searching through the copy list. And as far as looks go, UltraCopier is a much more visually attractive copier replacement." (Review)

  • Unstoppable Copier

    "Excellent for copying information from scratched CD's, DVD's and corrupted files from the hard drives." (Review)

 

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by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:12  (105635)

Nikki and the Robots Free Version 1.0 is a 2D platformer game with a cute protagonist, various robots and diverse levels. It combines modern gameplay — including simulated physics and wall-jumping — with innovative überpixel retro style (download can be found under the picture):
http://joyridelabs.de/game/

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:27  (105637)

PoxNora is a collectible, turn-based, tactical, online fantasy game. Players command armies of fantastic creatures, cast spells of devastating power, and summon relics and equipment of ancient renown in order to defeat their opponents:
http://poxnora.station.sony.com/index.do

FoFiX is a fork of Frets On Fire:
http://code.google.com/p/fofix/

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 8:52  (105653)

Data Visualization is a free generic cross platform and cross db reporting tool.

You can easily create report layout and import data from almost any data base (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Interbase, SQLite, Sybase, Amazon SimpleDB, KDB+, Apache Derby, HSQLDB) or from external files and create hundreds of documents in whatever format you want (PDF, HTML, XLS(X), XML, CSV, RTF, DOCX, LaTeX, JSON, YAML, etc):
https://sites.google.com/site/datavisualizationapplication/home

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 9:16  (105654)

One Late Night is a short immersive horror-game experience, starring an unnamed graphic designer employee, working late one night at the office, until strange things start to happen:
http://www.moddb.com/games/one-late-night

by Panzer on 23. February 2013 - 8:23  (105681)

completeme is a python script that'll allow you to auto-complete filenames and launch them in an editor:
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/completeme

Alchemy (beta) is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways:
http://al.chemy.org/

by Panzer on 26. February 2013 - 8:48  (105762)

CodeBlocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable:
http://www.codeblocks.org/

by Panzer on 28. February 2013 - 9:29  (105814)

SMath Studio - mathematical program with "paper"-like interface and numerous computing features (now with integrated mathematical reference book):
http://en.smath.info/forum/yaf_postst1447_SMath-Studio-0-95-4594--30-Jul...

by Panzer on 6. March 2013 - 9:18  (105985)

"... Tomahawk is a music player that fundamentally changes the way music is consumed and shared. It decouples the name of the song from the source it was shared from - and fulfills the request using all of your available sources ...":
http://www.tomahawk-player.org/

by Panzer on 9. March 2013 - 10:23  (106075)
by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:21  (106157)

OCHD (1/43 on Virus Total):

Features:

-Download acceleration (AKA multi-part) whenever possible (up to 40 connections per file).
-HTTP links support (direct download).
-Resume download support whenever possible.
-Global download speed limit.
-Slot limit (up to 20 slots) for simultaneous downloads.
-Automatic retry on download fail.
-File list Drag&Drop (Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click or Shift+up and down arrow keys)
-Lightweight: you can add thousands of links.
-HTTP Proxy support.
-History.
-Automatic Extract/Uncompress files.
-IP Renewer.
-Automatic system shutdown.
-Clipboard monitor.

http://ochdownloader.com/

by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:35  (106159)

Notepadqq - A Notepad++ clone for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepadqq/

by Jojo Yee on 12. March 2013 - 13:21  (106167)

It's still a pre-alpha at version 0.13.0. See also this note by the developer.

by Panzer on 18. March 2013 - 9:42  (106346)

dtrx is a tool for that takes all the hassle out of extracting archives:

Features:

* Handles many archive types: You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too.
* Keeps everything organized: dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories.
* Sane permissions: dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact.
* Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.

http://brettcsmith.org/2007/dtrx/

by Panzer on 19. March 2013 - 9:40  (106380)

Octopussy - Open Source Log Management Solution:

Features:

- LDAP supported for Octopussy Users & Contacts
- Send Alerts by Email, IM(Jabber), NSCA(Nagios) & Zabbix_sender
- Export Reports by Email, FTP & SCP
- Create Map to show your architecture
- Input & Output Plugins for Reports
- Reports Scheduling
- 'RRDTool' to graph syslog activity
- Lot of Services already supported: Bind, Cisco Router, Cisco Switch, DenyAll Reverse Proxy, Drbd, F5 BigIP, Fortinet FW, Ironport MailServer, Linux Kernel/System, Linux IPTables, Monit, MySQL, Nagios, NetApp NetCache, Juniper Netscreen FW, Juniper Netscreen NSM, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samhain, Snmpd, Squid, Sshd, Syslog-ng, Windows Snare Agent, Xen...
- Wizard to easily create new Message/Service for Unrecognized logs
- Online Updates for Services, Tables & Multilanguage
- Multilanguage support
- Themable Interface & Report

http://www.octopussy.pm/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syslog-analyzer/?source=navbar

by Panzer on 23. March 2013 - 8:42  (106485)

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation:
http://latex-project.org/
http://latex-project.org/ftp.html

by Panzer on 25. March 2013 - 8:35  (106513)

Micropolis is one of the oldest and greatest city-building games based on the original code for SimCity.

Features:

* Unlimited playability offers hours of fun
* Eight included scenarios, each a game in itself, with an unlimited number of ways to win or lose
* Multiple Views allows you to open up any number of animated city maps and editors at once
* Micropolis features pop up "pie menus" for quickly selecting city editing tools

http://sourceforge.net/projects/micropolis.mirror/

by Panzer on 27. March 2013 - 8:52  (106573)

With SubiT, you can download subtitles to your favorite movies and serieses by just right clicking them and executing SubiT:
http://subit-app.users.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 28. March 2013 - 10:31  (106596)

"... AstroMenace is a brilliant 3d scroll-shooter allowing you to feel the adrenalin rush of a fierce space battle against relentless swarms of alien invaders. Immerse into a decisive battle against tons of cunning foes, face the terrifying bosses and protect your homeland throughout 15 diverse levels of the game. The hardcore gameplay of AstroMenace, packed with pure non-stop action, will become a full scale test for your basic instinct of survival ...":
http://www.viewizard.com/

Blobby Volley 2:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/blobby/

by Panzer on 30. March 2013 - 8:51  (106651)

Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers:
http://0install.net/

by Panzer on 2. April 2013 - 8:24  (106739)

"... Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It's designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don't worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports ...":
http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 8:33  (106806)

The Connection Manager (ConnMan) project provides a daemon for managing internet connections within embedded devices running the Linux operating system.

ConnMan is designed to be slim and to use as few resources as possible, so it can be easily integrated. It is a fully modular system that can be extended, through plug-ins, to support all kinds of wired or wireless technologies. The plug-in approach allows for easy adaption and modification for various use cases:
http://connman.net/

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 9:58  (106811)

FSGamer runs games in their own X server, which can improve the speed, reduce annoying interruptions, and make switching between fullscreen games and your desktop easy and reliable (still in alpha):
http://michaelb.org/projects/fsgamer/

by Panzer on 5. April 2013 - 8:27  (106832)

Tor Browser Bundle for GNU/Linux - Everything you need to safely browse the Internet. This package requires no installation. Just extract it and run:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en#linux

Instructions:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:33  (106893)
by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:51  (106895)

Radio Tray is an online radio streaming player that runs on a Linux system tray. Its goal is to have the minimum interface possible, making it very straightforward to use:
http://radiotray.sourceforge.net/

Great Little Radio Player - A robust internet radio station streamer for Ubuntu and Fedora based Linux distributions. It connects to web sites offering radio streaming and lets you play radio stations directly from that locations. With Great Little Radio Player, you will have collection of 300 radio stations worldwide:
https://sites.google.com/site/glrpgreatlittleradioplayer/home

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 9:39  (106899)

Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features:
https://jitsi.org/Main/HomePage

by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 7:43  (106953)

XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats (both 32 and 64 bit versions are available):
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/

by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 9:12  (106957)
by vandamme on 10. April 2013 - 13:22  (106961)

XnView is a great photo editor. Fast, easy, yet powerful.

by Panzer on 12. April 2013 - 7:53  (107014)

zuluCrypt is a front end to cryptsetup, a Linux native solution for hard drive encryption. As a GUI frontend, zuluCrypt makes it easy to use cryptsetup to manage PLAIN,LUKS as well as TRUECRYPT encrypted volumes.

Features:

- Create encrypted volumes in files and in partitions.
- Create LUKS and PLAIN encrypted volumes
- Open encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Add keys to luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Delete keys from luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Open encrypted volumes using a passphrase, a keyfile, a combination of passphrase and keyfile, a gpg encrypted keyfile.
- Retrieve volume keys from either gnome's keyring or kde's kwallet.
- Encrypt stand alone files, a la gpg (no compression and integrity check though).
- Erase data on partitions.

http://code.google.com/p/zulucrypt/

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