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Best Free Home and Office for Linux
 

Best Free Comic Book Reader for Linux

  • Comix

    A perfect reader for comic book archives saved in such formats as cbz, cbr, cbt, zip, rar, tar, tar.gz, tar.gz2 as well as normal image files, with support for various viewing modes, slideshow, magnifying glass, image scaling, dynamic background color, caching for faster page flipping, bookmarks, image enhancement, thumbnail maintenance, adding books to library, editing archives and more.

 

Best Free Desktop Publishing Program for Linux

  • ScribusScribus

    "It's the real thing; a professional quality page layout program capable of producing press-ready output. The feature list is impressive; basically everything you want is there including "CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

    Graphics manipulation is handled via an interface to Gimp. Scribus can also import from and export to programs in the Open Office suite. The user interface is highly functional and the documentation is excellent, with lots of support from the user community." (Review)

 

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus for Linux

  • Artha

    An off-line English dictionary and thesaurus application based on the extensive and in-depth database provided by WordNet, giving you word definitions and relative words such as synonyms, antonyms, derivatives, etc. Support for word look-up with a pre-set hotkey Ctrl-Alt-W, search using wild-cards like * or ?, and spelling suggestions.

 

Best Free eBook Reader for Linux

  • Calibre

    "Includes an e-book viewer, library management, format conversion, news feeds, ebook conversion and sync features. A complete solution to all your e-book needs." (Review)

 

Best Free Notes Organizer for Linux

  • KeepNoteKeepNote

    "In each notebook, you can create folders and pages, as well as sub-folders and sub-pages, and you can re-organize them easily by drag-and-drop. In each page, rich text formatting including colored fonts, bullet point lists and hyperlinks are supported.

    Not only can you store images, you can also directly insert a screenshot you take with this application into an opened note." (Review)

  • Tomboy Notes

    "Time for Tomboy Notes if you want to have a useful tool to relate notes and ideas together, with a wiki-like linking system. Features of the program include rich-text formatting, printing or exporting notes to html format, etc." (Review)

 

Best Free Office Suite for Linux

  • LibreOfficeLibreOffice

    A new office suite contains six feature-rich applications including Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base, supports for Open Document Format (ODF) and is compatible with other major office suites.

    If you're already familiar with OpenOffice, you will be able to start using LibreOffice quickly and easily as it's a fork of OpenOffice.

    Developed and supported by The Document Foundation, LibreOffice is aimed to be free and vendor-independent, with no requirement for copyright assignments.

  • OpenOfficeOpenOffice

    "Covers the basics of office document creation: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, a desktop database and allows you to save your documents in many choices of file formats so you'll have no problem exchanging documents with MS Office.

    All of the modules are easy to learn and if you've ever used any other office software, it's a doddle. It is also extendable via extensions" (Review)

 

Best Free PDF Editor for Linux

  • Master PDF Editor

    A PDF editor allows you to create and edit PDF files with features such as edit text, remove or insert images, add bookmarks and PDF controls, encrypt and protect PDF files, convert XPS files into PDF and more. This application also comes with editing functions for XPS files and is free for non-commercial use in Linux system.

 

Best Free PDF Reader for Linux

  • Okular

    More than a viewer for pdf and other document formats including postscript, djvu, tiff, chm, dvi, xps, odf and so on. It can be used on both KDE and GNOME desktop environments, with features for annotations, highlighting, drawing lines and shapes, adding textboxes and stamps, selecting and saving a part of documents as text or in an image format.

  • Evince

    A document viewer for pdf and other document formats including postscript, djvu, tiff and dvi, aiming to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.

  • Foxit Reader

    Small size, user-customized toolbar, fast launch speed, full screen capabilities, snapshot, zoom, thumbnails and other features. (Review)

 

Best Free PDF Tools for Linux

  • PDF-ShufflerPDF-Shuffler

    "Re-arranging pages in a pdf document, or merging and splitting pdf files, would be much easier with PDF Shuffler.

    After importing one or more pdf files to PDF Shuffler, you are presented with pages in thumbnails so that you can easily merge, re-order or delete the pages, or right-click a thumbnail to rotate or crop a page before exporting to a new pdf file." (Review)

  • PDF Mod

    Besides the same functionalities as PDF Shuffler for reordering or rotating pages, and merging and splitting pdf files, PDF Mod comes with a clearer PDF viewer and a slider to adjust zooming levels easily. Even though it lacks a feature for cropping select pages, you get more other goodies such as exporting images, adding bookmarks and editing properties including the title, author, keywords and subject of PDF files. (Review)

  • Sun PDF Import Extension

    "Allows you to import and modify PDF documents in OpenOffice from a PDF/ODF hybrid file with 100% layout accuracy." (Review)

 

Best Free PDF Writer for Linux

  • CUPS-PDF

    Creates a virtual PDF printer to convert a file printed in queue to PDF and save it in a user directory.

 

Best Free Personal Finance for Linux

  • GnuCash

    "Double entry accounting, keep tabs of budgets, create various accounts in each category, full suite of standard and customizable reports." (Review)

 

Best Free Personal Information Management for Linux

  • Evolution

    A full-featured and comprehensive PIM that can syncronize with serveral protocols including Microsoft Exchange, providing users with integrated mail, address book and calendaring functionality. It has also been ported from Linux to Windows. (Review)

 

Best Free Project Manager for Linux

  • GanttProjectGanttProject

    "A very good project management tool with a surprisingly good depth of features and accessories—you can put in a percentage complete bar inside the timeline of that particular stage and make it easy to see how far along everything is without a lot of hassle. You can also add team members for a project and assign them to tasks when you set them up.

    It also includes a Milestone feature giving an end goal to aim for with a fixed time. Many other project management tools do not support these." (Review)

 

Best Free Word Processor for Linux

  • AbiWordAbiWord

    "Easy to adapt to, especially since the interface is similar to that found in Word and WordPerfect. Its abilities include cut and paste, highlight, as well as the usual host of common formatting tools, annotation and checking spelling in many languages.

    Besides being able to save to Word format, its own proprietary file format is available. A plugin can be installed to open OpenDocument formats. Sharing documents is possible with the integration of AbiCollab Web service." (Review)

 

 
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by Panzer on 13. April 2013 - 7:34  (107042)

"... LFTP is a sophisticated ftp/http client, and a file transfer program supporting a number of network protocols. Like BASH, it has job control and uses the readline library for input. It has bookmarks, a built-in mirror command, and can transfer several files in parallel. It was designed with reliability in mind ...":
http://lftp.yar.ru/

yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams:
http://www.yworks.com/en/products_yed_about.html

by Panzer on 20. April 2013 - 6:48  (107213)

XnSketch allows you to turn your photos into cartoon or sketch images:
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnsketch/

XnRetro allows you to create stunning images with vintage or instant effect on your Desktop:
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnretro/

by Panzer on 20. April 2013 - 9:09  (107221)

"... Monitorix is a free, open source, lightweight system monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible. It has been created to be used under production Linux/UNIX servers, but due to its simplicity and small size can be used on embedded devices as well ...":
http://www.monitorix.org/

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 8:46  (107277)
by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:27  (107279)

Gobby is a free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat:
http://gobby.0x539.de/trac/

Geeknote — non official command line client for Evernote:
http://www.geeknote.me/

Phatch is an user friendly, cross-platform Photo Batch Processor and Exif Renamer with a nice graphical user interface:
http://photobatch.wikidot.com/

Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications:
http://www.ocenaudio.com.br/

Geary is a lightweight email program designed around conversations and built for the GNOME desktop:
http://www.yorba.org/projects/geary/

Glances is a cross-platform curses-based monitoring tool:
http://nicolargo.github.io/glances/

Format Junkie is a Graphical User Interface application with lots of options, which can convert your media files to all the popular formats:
http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/ya3u4/format_junkie_fully_featur...

ReText is a simple editor that reads your text with MarkDown or HTML markup and saves it as plain text, HTML or PDF:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/retext/

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:48  (107281)

Bitfighter is a fast-paced team-based outer-space multi-player combat game:
http://bitfighter.org/

Cyphertite Basic - online backup:
https://www.cyphertite.com/

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker is an open source easy to use standalone 3D Game Maker and 3D Game Design program currently based on the cube 2 engine being used in many schools throughout the world that allows kids and adults to create their own video games, worlds, levels, adventures and quests, even cooperatively:
http://www.sandboxgamemaker.com/

"... RabbitVCS is a set of graphical tools written to provide simple and straightforward access to the version control systems you use. We provide multiple clients and extensions designed to give you a uniform experience no matter what development tools you use ...":
http://www.rabbitvcs.org/

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:54  (107283)

"... xxxterm is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks.

In additional to providing a familiar mouse-based interface like other web browsers, it offers a set of vi-like keyboard commands for users who prefer to keep their hands on their keyboard.

The default settings provide a secure environment. With simple keyboard commands, the user can "whitelist" specific sites, allowing cookies and scripts from those sites ...":
https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/XXXTerm

by Panzer on 24. April 2013 - 7:56  (107305)

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor:
http://www.shotcut.org/bin/view/Shotcut/WebHome

by Panzer on 6. May 2013 - 8:46  (107483)

Kile is a user-friendly TeX/LaTeX editor for the KDE desktop environment:
http://kile.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 7. May 2013 - 7:50  (107508)

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer 3D tank battle game:
http://bzflag.org/

Blinken is the KDE version of the well-known game Simon Says. Follow the pattern of sounds and lights as long as you can! Press the start game button to begin. Watch the computer and copy the pattern it makes. Complete the sequence in the right order to win:
http://edu.kde.org/blinken/

StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game:
http://www.stepmania.com/

by Panzer on 8. May 2013 - 7:56  (107545)

pdf2htmlEX renders PDF files in HTML, utilizing modern Web technologies. It aims to provide an accuracy rendering, while keeping optimized for Web display:
http://coolwanglu.github.io/pdf2htmlEX/

by Panzer on 9. May 2013 - 7:47  (107584)

"... Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever stolen or missing -- easily and all in one place. It's lightweight, open source software that gives you full and remote control, 24/7 ...":
http://preyproject.com/

by Panzer on 10. May 2013 - 7:48  (107626)

TreeLine stores almost any kind of information in an organized tree structure. Each node in the tree can contain several fields, forming a mini-database:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/treeline/

by Panzer on 11. May 2013 - 8:57  (107654)

kissdb - (Keep It) Simple Stupid Database

Features:

* Tiny, compiles to ~4k on an x86_64 Linux system
* Small memory footprint (only caches hash tables)
* Very space-efficient (on disk) if small hash tables are used
* Makes a decent effort to be robust on power loss
* Pretty respectably fast, especially given its simplicity
* 64-bit, file size limit is 2^64 bytes
* Ports to anything with a C compiler and stdlib/stdio
* Public domain

https://github.com/zerotier/kissdb

by Panzer on 14. May 2013 - 8:10  (107737)

"... LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features ...":
http://lives.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 20. May 2013 - 11:56  (107886)

2ManDVD is a program to simplify the creation of DVD-Video:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/2ManDVD-45319.shtml

OGMRip:

Features:

* transcodes from DVD or files
* outputs OGM, AVI, MP4, or Matroska files
* supports a lot of codecs (Vorbis, MP3, PCM, AC3, DTS, AAC, XviD, LAVC, X264, Theora)
* calculates video bitrate for a given file size
* autodetects cropping parameters and scaling factors
* supports multiple audio and subtitles streams encoding
* extracts subtitles in SRT or VobSub format
* uses maximum quality codecs switches
* rips contiguous chapters
* supports external audio (PCM, MP3, AC3, DTS, AAC, Vorbis) and subtitles (MicroDVD, SubRip, SRT, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, PJS, MPSub, AQT, JacoSub, VobSub) files
* provides customisable encoding profiles
* is extensible through plugins

http://ogmrip.sourceforge.net/en/index.html

by Panzer on 21. May 2013 - 9:55  (107921)

traGtor - Convert all your Audio and Videofiles in Ubuntu, Debian or Gentoo through FFmpeg without using a terminal:
http://mein-neues-blog.de/tragtor-gui-for-ffmpeg/

by Panzer on 22. May 2013 - 9:04  (107949)

Freeciv has moved to HTML5 - now you can you play it right in your browser:
http://play.freeciv.org/

by Panzer on 27. May 2013 - 7:41  (108061)

NitroShare - a network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping:
https://launchpad.net/nitroshare

by Panzer on 27. May 2013 - 8:07  (108062)

EqualX LaTeX Equation Editor:
http://equalx.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 7:13  (108088)

mpg123 is a real time MPEG 1.0/2.0/2.5 audio player/decoder for layers 1,2 and 3:
http://www.mpg123.de/

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 10:09  (108092)

Midnight Commander is a visual file manager. It's a feature rich full-screen text mode application that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees, search for files and run commands in the subshell. Internal viewer and editor are included:
http://www.midnight-commander.org/

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 10:22  (108096)

dwb is a lightweight web browser based on the webkit web browser engine and the gtk toolkit. dwb is highly customizable and can be easily configured through a web interface. It intends to be mostly keyboard driven, inspired by firefox's vimperator plugin.

Features:

- vi-like shortcuts
- Link following via keyboard hints
- Bookmarks
- Quickmarks
- Cookie support, whitelisting of cookies
- Proxy support
- Userscript support
- Tab completion for history, bookmarks, userscripts
- Custom stylesheets
- Javascript blocker with whitelisting support
- Flash plugin blocker with whitelisting support
- Adblocking with filterlists
- Webinterface for keyboard and settings configuration
- Custom commands, binding commandsequences to shortcuts
- Extendable via extensions/scripts
- Extension manager

http://portix.bitbucket.org/dwb/

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 7:55  (108116)

marathon is a minimal bash/unix based launcher that tries to be smart about running or focusing apps:
https://github.com/ronjouch/marathon

Freelan - multi-platform, highly-configurable and peer-to-peer VPN software:
http://www.freelan.org/
http://www.freelan.org/page/faq#comparison_grid

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 8:18  (108117)

Pinot is a D-Bus service that crawls, indexes your documents and monitors them for changes, and a GTK-based user interface that enables to query the index built by the service and your favourite Web engines, and display and analyse the results:
http://code.google.com/p/pinot-search/

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 8:40  (108120)

Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like:
http://minetest.net/

by CorporalPunishment on 31. May 2013 - 3:02  (108170)

Missing categories is more interesting to me than disputes over which game is truly the best.

Best RPG? Perhaps 0ad
Best Sim game? Perhaps Micropolis
Best Tower Defense game? Perhaps CreepTD
Best Racing game? Perhaps TORCS

"Best" is sufficiently subjective that I think you ought to add an Honorable Mention list for those games not the "best" but competitive.

I do appreciate the list and read it every time it comes out. I never fail to find something I'm interested in trying. Thanks for your work.

by Jojo Yee on 31. May 2013 - 6:58  (108173)

Good suggestions CorporalPunishment. TORCS has been reviewed by editor George J. and is now added to this list as well. Other suggested games will be looked into.

by Jojo Yee on 31. May 2013 - 7:03  (108174)

Thanks Panzer for the many suggestions. I'll try them out one by one once I get time.

by Panzer on 4. June 2013 - 8:36  (108259)

Fastwiki is an Offline wikipedia software:
http://fastwiki.qwrite.info/en/index.html

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