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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 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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