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4. Best Free Multimedia for Linux
 

 

Best Free Media Player for Linux
  • VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

    "Supports playback of most video files and DVD discs without the need to download external codec packs, including flv filescan. There are 5 different DVD region codes and VLC plays them all.

    VLC also has the ability to take screenshots of your video, even while during DVD playback, a real attractive feature." (Review)

  • SMPlayer

    "Intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters, remember the settings of all files you play and more."

 

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Linux
  • Rhythmbox

    "An easy-to-use music player and organizer that has a clean interface, and sports many features, such as album art display, online radio access, and CD burning. This software is powered by Gstreamer, and can therefore support all of its audio formats, such as WAV, AAC, MP3, OGG, FLAC and more." (Review)

  • Banshee

    Imports, organizes, plays, and shares music using a simple yet powerful interface. Other features include rip CDs, create playlists, burn audio and mp3 CDs, support for podcasting and music recommendations.

  • Amarok

    A powerful music player for multi platforms with an intuitive interface, supports for collection management, bookmarking, dynamic playlists, file tracking, integrated web services and more.

 

Best Free Media Center for Linux
  • XBMCXBMC

    "It is truly outstanding in this category and earns the Gizmo's Top Pick title rightfully in my eyes. It played all media files I fed it with and turned out to be the most reliable product for me.

    XBMC offers convincing media library features and is highly configurable with custom skins and backdrops. You will find a vast amount of plugins, skins and other goodies for it as the community around XBMC is large." (Review)

 

Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion for Linux
  • SoundConverter

    Aims to be simple to use and fast for conversion from most audio files to wav, flac, mp3, aac and ogg files, supports for extraction of the audio from videos too. (Note: Install GStreamer MP3 Encoding to enable conversion to mp3.)

  • Arista Transcoder

    An easy-to-use converter to convert multimedia files from one format to another for playback on various devices. Supported output formats include m4v (Ipod), avi (Nokia, PDA or DVD player), mkv (computer) and mp4 (various Sony devices), depending on the device you choose.

  • WinFF

    WinFF converts many supported media files from one format to another and serves as a frontend of FFmpeg. It comes with preset conversion settings and options for common formats and devices. For example, to convert an mp4 to an mp3, select Convert to “Audio”, preset “MP3”, then save the result in an output folder.

  • OggConvert

    A small and easy-to-use utility to convert most audio and video files to the patent-free Ogg format, and support for encoding to the Matroska container format (mkv, mka), with adjustable settings on audio and video quality for conversion.

 

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Linux
  • Kid3Kid3

    "Edit all tags, generate tags from files or vice versa, import tags from databases, browse cover arts and lyrics from online resources, drag and drop cover art to a file, export tags, etc." Kid3 uses KDE libraries, while another package Kid3-qt is also available for installation without KDE dependencies." (Review)

  • MusicBrainz Picard

    "Identify track info by matching digital thumbprint with MusicBrainz database, show up existing tags with add and delete functions." (Review)

 

Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Linux
  • K3b

    A capable CD/DVD burner optimised for KDE, lets you easily burn data CDs/DVDs, create audio/video CDs and video DVDs, rip audio/video CDs and video DVDs along with other related tasks, good for experienced as well as beginner users.

  • Brasero

    Designed for ease of use to create a traditional audio CD, data CD/DVD, video DVD or a SVCD, burn an existing CD/DVD image to disc, copy a CD/DVD to a new disc or write to an image file in ISO and other formats.

 

Best Free CD / DVD Emulation Software for Linux
  • Furius ISO Mount

    "Select or drag-and-drop an image file to mount, one-click unmount, supports for burning ISO and IMG files, generate MD5 and SHA1 checksums, saving history and retrieving previously unmounted images." (Review)

  • AcetoneISO

    A feature-rich application to emulate CD/DVD drives and manage CD/DVD images. You can use it to mount disk images including ISO, BIN, NRG, MDF and IMG formats, generate an ISO image from a folder or CD/DVD, backup an audio CD to a BIN image, burn CD/DVD, convert other images to ISO, extract image content to a folder, and more.

 

Best Free CD Ripper for Linux
  • AsunderAsunder

    A simple yet powerful audio CD ripper and encoder to save audio tracks from an audio CD as any of MP3, AAC, Ogg, WAV, FLAC, Wavpack, Musepack or Monkey's audio files.

    Useful features include using CDDB to name and tag each track, encoding to multiple formats in one session, simultaneous ripping and encoding, tagging each track for a different artist and more.

 

Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux
  • HandBrake

    "Good quality in transcoded video, small file size, integrates the latest improvements to the H.264 encoding library with enhanced picture quality, speed optimizations and supports better control over multiple audio tracks." (Review)

 

Best Free DVD Authoring Software for Linux
  • DeVeDe

    An easy-to-use tool to create a video DVD, Video CD, Super Video CD and other disk images, with support for adding menus and subtitles, shifting audio and other video editing functions such as rotating, scaling, deinterlacing and more. You will need separate CD / DVD burning software to burn the disk images created by this tool for playback on your home players.

 

Best Free Photo Slideshow Software for Linux
  • ffDiaporama

    A great tool to create a slideshow of your favorite photos with background colors and images, music and transition effects, clean user interface with drag-and-drop support for slides, and a preview of the slideshow from any point.

    You can insert fixed or animated titles as well as movie clips into a slideshow, save your project for editing and export your result to mp4, mkv, mpg or avi formats. A wide range of video quality from QVGA (320x240) up to full HD (1920x1080) is supported.

 

Best Free Audio Editing / Splitter for Linux
  • AudacityAudacity

    "It does all the recording and editing I need, and is much simpler and faster to use than a lot of paid products. The interface is easy to use, allowing you to select and apply a noise profile just as easily as removing it.

    The program also can record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, edit various sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together and change the speed or pitch of a recording." (Review)

  • mp3splt-gtk

    "Splits mp3 and ogg files without re-encoding, able to identify split points between tracks via online database services (CDDB or FreeDB)." (Review)

 

Best Free Video Editor for Linux
  • AvidemuxAvidemux

    "It is designed for multi-purpose video editing and processing and is my personal favorite because of its simplicity yet wide range of tools.

    The software supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. It lets you do just about everything under the sun, with well documented tutorials." (Review)

  • OpenShot Video Editor

    An open-source and non-linear video editor which is stable and friendly to use with support for many video, audio and image formats based on FFmpeg together with lots of other useful features.

 

Best Free Video Downloader for Linux
  • ClipGrabClipGrab

    An efficient and free video downloader for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, Clipfish and many other online video sites. You can enter keywords in the box to search videos on YouTube or paste the URL to a video, then select the format and quality of the video you need, click "Grab this clip!" and the app does the rest for you.

    You can also configure how the app behaves when a downloadable video is discovered in your clipboard, and whether you want to keep metadata (ID3 tags) when you download and convert videos to mp3 files.

 

Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux
  • SimpleScreenRecorder

    An easy-to-use screen session recorder to record the entire screen, a fixed rectangle or a window on your screen, with various input options including frame rate, scale video, record cursor and audio. Output files can be saved in a container format using audio and video codecs of your choice provided they are installed and supported in your system.

 

Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Linux
  • Great Little Radio Player

    A simplistic radio station streamer allows you to listen to a collection of 400 radio stations worldwide on the Internet, sort stations by country or genre and set your favorite stations as well. Other features include add stations, import and export stations, skin changes and localization settings.

 

Best Free Music Creator for Linux
  • LMMSLMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio)

    "As a stand alone application, one would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensively full featured and versatile free music creator than this, with so many instruments and effects to choose from.

    The onboard Beat/Bassline editor removes the need for a separate drum sequencer and is a very nice touch: LMMS really is a one stop shop" (Review).

 

Best Free Music Notation Software for Linux
  • MuseScoreMuseScore

    "The best free music notation software with fast and easy note entry in WYSIWYG mode. It's integrated with a sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and allows for an unlimited number of staves; up to four voices per staff; 128 instrument sounds for playback plus eight drum and percussion sets.

    Other features include import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files; output as PDF or PNG documents and basic ensemble scoring." (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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