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Best Free Software for Linux

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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 Jojo Yee on 22. September 2012 - 13:34  (99597)

Update: ClipGrab is now added to the list.

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:40  (99716)

TexMaker - Free cross-platform LaTeX editor:

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:55  (99719)

Laptop Mode Tools is a laptop power saving package for Linux systems. It allows you to extend the battery life of your laptop, in several ways. It is the primary way to enable the Laptop Mode feature of the Linux kernel, which lets your hard drive spin down. In addition, it allows you to tweak a number of other power-related settings using a simple configuration file:

by Panzer on 27. September 2012 - 9:43  (99835)

Nevernote (NixNote) - An open source client for Evernote:

* Synchronizes with Evernote servers
* Local data caching
* Cross platform
* Local-only and synchronized notebooks supported
* Database may be encrypted locally

by Linuxis on 27. September 2012 - 22:04  (99880)

Wow! The linux section has come alive. Much more new stuff since the last time I was here. I've learned of all sorts of new and interesting programs.

You all are doing awesome!

My favorite word processors are ;TED and wordgrinder.


Wordgrinder is a small terminal based word processor.
And TED is a very small word processor, smaller then abiword but compatible with microsoft word docs and able to save text to .rtf formats. Ted is also extensible with plugins.

I'm currently using Instantbird for my messenger.

Instantbird is built on the gecko engine and supporting a wide variety chat protocols. And since it's based on firefox, it supports addons.

It's the most userfriendly and configurable instant messenger I've used.

I hope these suggestions are good.

by Panzer on 28. September 2012 - 10:54  (99904)

Ease is a modern desktop presentation application for GNOME, with Clutter-based visuals:

by Linuxis on 28. September 2012 - 17:22  (99916)

Songbird was to linux what Winamp was to windows. Except bulky and slow.
But since Songbird is no longer updated for linux, there is this.

Nightingale is music collection manager and player for linux. It's surprisingly fast, it feels faster then firefox. And supports addons so I find myself using it for web browsing more then firefox, and it plays music. *Even better*

by Steeleye (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 20:51  (100014)

Abiword and Scribus are major parts of the reason i still have Windows on my machine.

I found the learning curve on Scribus ridiculously steep and the interface less than wonderful.

Serif's PagePlus on Windows is superior in my experience.

I seldom use a full-fledged word processor (like, say, Word) because they are bloated and overly complex. I use EditPad Lite for text entry and editing, and then, if i need anything beyond that, import the files to PagePlus.

If i could get PP (and a couple of miscellaneous other programs) to run under WINE, i might switch primarily to Linux.

by Panzer on 1. October 2012 - 9:53  (100031)

You can use Abiword on Linux as well.

by Linuxis on 1. October 2012 - 17:01  (100048)

There's a native version of scribus for linux.

by Panzer on 3. October 2012 - 7:49  (100162)

TuxOnIce is most easily described as the Linux equivalent of Windows' hibernate functionality, but better. It saves the contents of memory to disk and powers down. When the computer is started up again, it reloads the contents and the user can continue from where they left off. No documents need to be reloaded or applications reopened and the process is much faster than a normal shutdown and start up:

by Linuxis on 3. October 2012 - 15:01  (100185)

The under appreciated browser brothers.

*not really related*

Midori: gtk webkit browser which is light but via builtin plugins capable of achieving some of the functionality latent in the big boys. *Such as userscripts, adblocking and mouse gestures, to name a few*

Qtweb: A small qt web browser with some basic privacy settings.

Qupzilla: A lightweight qt webkit browser with themes, *including native gtk-theme support*, adblocking, userscript support and form filling. *More features keep getting added*

Dooble: A unique browser to say the least. Qt and using webkit, this browser is very privacy-centric and sporting some features I've never seen anywhere, including launching terminal from within the browser and encoding, re-encoding every aspect of a website. Though what really stands out in this web browser is it's speed.
It has one of the fastest page loads I've seen on a linux browser.


by Panzer on 9. October 2012 - 7:45  (100529)

Zipwhip - Desktop Texting App:

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:49  (100633)

For those who don't know: Ted and Ted Notepad are not one and the same software (the latter is for Windows only).

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:55  (100634)
by Panzer on 12. October 2012 - 8:48  (100677)

Sonata is an elegant GTK+ music client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD):

PulseAudio is a proxy for your sound applications:

by Linuxis on 14. October 2012 - 21:14  (100765)

I bring news of an amazing fork of Assault Cube. Assault Cube Reloaded.
It's multiplatform, Windows,Mac and Linux and comes with a host of improvements.
Including several modes (Zombie,Vampire...etc;) realistic weapons and riccochet,
Anti-Cheat system, better voting and all sorts of other improvements *especially visual*
compared to the original Assault Cube.

Check it out, fps fans.

by Panzer on 17. October 2012 - 8:50  (100892)

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment:

Traverso DAW - Multitrack audio recording & editing:

Ardour - A multichannel digital audio workstation:

by Panzer on 18. October 2012 - 8:42  (100969)

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations:

Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility:

by Panzer on 19. October 2012 - 8:39  (101036)

Anamnesis is a clipboard history manager. It stores the clipboard history and offers an easy interface to do a full-text search on it.


* Stores all text copied to clipboard
* Graphics interface to query items from the clipboard
* Full text search on clipboard history
* Command-line tool

by Panzer on 20. October 2012 - 7:47  (101095)

Alan creates the Openbox menu on-the-fly:

by Panzer on 23. October 2012 - 9:59  (101214)

NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago:

by Panzer on 26. October 2012 - 7:36  (101361)
by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 6:40  (101495)

The OP dislikes Abi & Scribus. He was lamenting on no way to run PagePlus on Linux, otherwise he'd ditch Windows for it.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 8:26  (101497)

The website says, "Mac & Windows" only?

Have you installed this somehow to Linux & used it successfully?

by Anupam on 28. October 2012 - 8:30  (101498)

Site clearly states for Windows, Linux and Mac. Mentioned on the RHS of the page too.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:38  (101499)

Edit: my bad.

For some reason it only shows Mac & Windows on the main screen, but when you go into the actual list of downloads, Linux shows up as a supporting OS.


by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:46  (101500)

I was looking at the products page. No Linux there- only icons for Mac & MS.

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 8:39  (101591)

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 21:03  (101622)

gpg4usb is a very easy to use small portable editor to encrypt and decrypt any text message/file: