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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 4. June 2013 - 8:55  (108260)

NCurses Music Player Client (Plus Plus) - featureful ncurses based MPD client inspired by ncmpc

Main new features:

* tag editor
* playlist editor
* easy to use search engine
* media library
* music visualizer
* ability to fetch artist info from last.fm
* new display mode
* alternative user interface
* ability to browse and add files from outside of MPD music directory

... and a lot more minor convenient functions:

http://ncmpcpp.rybczak.net/

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 8:32  (108434)

Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide "non-content" data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs:
https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page
https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Compiling_instructions

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 10:51  (108437)

SimpleScreenRecorder:

Features:

* Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
* Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
* Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
* Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
* Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
* Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
* Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
* Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, ...).
* Can show a preview during recording, so you don't waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
* Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
* Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don't want to.
* Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.

http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 11:09  (108438)

PDFtk Server is a command-line tool for working with PDFs:
http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

PDFtk Server can:

- Merge PDF Documents or Collate PDF Page Scans
- Split PDF Pages into a New Document
- Rotate PDF Documents or Pages
- Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
- Encrypt Output as Desired
- Fill PDF Forms with X/FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
- Generate FDF Data Stencils from PDF Forms
- Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
- Report PDF Metrics, Bookmarks and Metadata
- Add/Update PDF Bookmarks or Metadata
- Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
- Unpack PDF Attachments
- Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
- Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
- Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)

http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

by Panzer on 11. June 2013 - 8:32  (108458)

The Courier mail transfer agent (MTA) is an integrated mail/groupware server based on open commodity protocols such as ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, LDAP, SSL, and HTTP. Courier provides ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, Webmail, calendaring, and mailing list services:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/courier/

by Panzer on 17. June 2013 - 7:37  (108565)

FireBox - A 3D Internet Browser supporting the Oculus Rift:
http://www.dgp.toronto.edu/~mccrae/projects/firebox/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:07  (108586)

"... Obnam is an easy, secure backup program. Backups can be stored on local hard disks, or online via the SSH SFTP protocol. The backup server, if used, does not require any special software, on top of SSH.

Some features that may interest you:

* Snapshot backups. Every generation looks like a complete snapshot, so you don't need to care about full versus incremental backups, or rotate real or virtual tapes.
* Data de-duplication, across files, and backup generations. If the backup repository already contains a particular chunk of data, it will be re-used, even if it was in another file in an older backup generation. This way, you don't need to worry about moving around large files, or modifying them. (However, the current implementation has some limitations: see dedup).
* Encrypted backups, using GnuPG ...":

http://liw.fi/obnam/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:42  (108590)

fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family.

Features:

- Autosuggestions
- Glorious VGA Color
- Sane Scripting
- Web Based configuration
- Man Page Completions
- Works Out Of The Box

http://fishshell.com/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:49  (108592)

"... Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server ...":
http://duplicity.nongnu.org/

by Panzer on 24. June 2013 - 7:36  (108693)

Instant Server - get a virtual private server:

"... Specs
Ubuntu 13.04, 64-bit, 614 MiB of RAM, 8 GiB storage. It’s an ec2 micro instance.

What’s the catch?
The server gets destroyed after 35 minutes.

When would I use this?

Among other reasons, perhaps:
- You need another computer to test something quickly
- You need to install and use a utility for one thing, and don’t want to clutter your own environment
- You need a vanilla environment to get something to build and run properly
- You need Linux but accidentally used Windows ...":

http://instantserver.io/

by Panzer on 24. June 2013 - 7:38  (108694)

Calise is a Free/Open Source Python 2.x program that calculates ambient brightness and sets screen’s correct backlight using a camera:
http://calise.sourceforge.net/wordpress/

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 8:12  (108898)

YaRock is an open source music player app written in C++ and Qt, providing a clean, beautiful and simple music collection based on album cover art:
https://launchpad.net/yarock
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/YaRock-97586.shtml

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 9:18  (108899)

selfoss is a multipurpose RSS reader, live stream, mashup, and aggregation Web application:
https://github.com/SSilence/selfoss
http://selfoss.aditu.de/

Go Read is a web-based RSS reader:
http://www.goread.io/

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 9:23  (108900)

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics:
http://www.r-project.org/

by Panzer on 3. July 2013 - 9:16  (108938)

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper for various formats and encoders. It features MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, and Bonk format support, integrates freedb/CDDB, CDText and ID3v2 tagging and is available in several languages:
http://www.freac.org/index.php/en/homepage-mainmenu-1

by Panzer on 15. July 2013 - 8:48  (109251)

TIPP10 is a free 10-finger touch typing tutor:
http://www.tipp10.com/en/

by Panzer on 22. July 2013 - 8:00  (109474)

GSmartControl is a graphical user interface for smartctl (from Smartmontools package), which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk drives:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Administration/GSmartContro...

by Panzer on 30. July 2013 - 9:35  (109758)

Conky Manager is a graphical front-end for managing Conky config files. It provides options to start/stop, browse and edit Conky themes installed on the system:
http://teejeetech.blogspot.com/p/conky-manager.html
https://launchpad.net/conky-manager

by Panzer on 1. August 2013 - 7:34  (109848)

"... Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments. It glues together and automates many associated Linux tasks so you do not have to hop between many various commands and applications when deploying new systems, and, in some cases, changing existing ones. Cobbler can help with provisioning, managing DNS and DHCP, package updates, power management, configuration management orchestration, and much more ...":
http://www.cobblerd.org/

by Panzer on 8. August 2013 - 7:34  (109971)

Frackin’ Reserve Simulator lets you simulate what happens in the money cycle with fractional reserve banking. It demonstrates how banksters print money out of thin air and how that money very quickly mushrooms into massive quantities of debt:
http://cynic.me/tag/fractional-reserve-banking/

by Panzer on 9. August 2013 - 8:01  (110005)

FullRecall is a software that can help you memorize knowledge for lifelong periods with the minimum time investment (virus Total 1/45):
http://fullrecall.com/

by Panzer on 9. August 2013 - 8:39  (110010)

Springseed - note taking freeware:
http://getspringseed.com/

by Panzer on 20. August 2013 - 9:03  (110218)

Guacamole is an HTML5 remote desktop gateway.

Guacamole provides access to desktop environments using remote desktop protocols like VNC and RDP. A centralized server acts as a tunnel and proxy, allowing access to multiple desktops through a web browser.

No browser plugins are needed, and no client software needs to be installed. The client requires nothing more than a web browser supporting HTML5 and AJAX:
http://guac-dev.org/

by George.J on 28. August 2013 - 5:28  (110367)

Clementine is a fork of the once mighty Amarok and I think it could be the most comprehensive music player for Linux at the moment. It looks great too :D

by MidnightCowboy on 28. August 2013 - 5:45  (110368)

Agreed. Audio file sound quality is much better than VLC on all three of my Linux systems, plus Clementine loads the complete selection of Sky.fm channels automatically. No doubt these (my) basic requirements are a lot less than some will expect from a player, but for what I need it's faultless. MC - Site Manager.

by Panzer on 31. August 2013 - 6:50  (110424)

"... Quantum jump from planck to planck as you hit critical velocity in Boson X, a new rotational runner from Mu & Heyo.

Build up speed inside a massive particle collider and generate high-energy collisions to discover strange new particles. Use precise timing and fast reflexes to navigate a subatomic world where floors and ceilings don't exist. Will you be fast enough to find the elusive Boson X? ...":

http://www.boson-x.com/

by Panzer on 31. August 2013 - 7:13  (110428)

Dungeon Robber is a flash game that constructs random dungeons based on the original merciless Dungeons & Dragons rules and allows you to play through them:
http://blogofholding.com/dungeonrobber/

by Panzer on 31. August 2013 - 7:25  (110430)

"... If you are looking for a side-scrolling, action packed game like you used to play or if you are looking for an extensible engine to write your own game, look no further. Paintown supports user created content through a mod system and user defined functionality through scripting ...":
http://paintown.org/

by daviodan on 7. September 2013 - 8:12  (110572)

http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program that it was created to record programs and games.

http://lalescu.ro/liviu/fet/
FET is open source free software for automatically scheduling the timetable of a school, high-school or university. It uses a fast and efficient timetabling algorithm. It is licensed under GNU GPL.

http://wps-community.org/
Kingsoft Office is a simple, effective, powerful and comfortable office suite, which has been in release since 1989. Now porting to Linux.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/wxmaxima/
wxMaxima is a cross-platform graphical front-end for the computer algebra system Maxima based on wxWidgets. It provides nice display of mathematical output and easy access to Maxima functions through menus and dialogs.

http://www.geogebra.org/cms/en/
Dynamic mathematics & science for learning and teaching

http://imagination.sourceforge.net/
Imagination is a lightweight and simple DVD slide show maker for Linux and FreeBSD written in C language and built with the GTK+2 toolkit.

by Jojo Yee on 7. September 2013 - 9:54  (110574)

Thanks for the various suggestions daviodan. Kingsoft Office for Windows looks good but the Linux version is still in the alpha stage at time of checking. The rest of the suggested software products will be looked into.

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