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Best Free Disk and File Tools for Linux
 
 

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 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 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 Disk Image Editor for Linux

ISO Master is a handy tool for editing ISO image files. It has a two-pane view to facilitate moving files and directories between the hard disk and the ISO image, and supports for handing a boot record and creating a bootable disk image.

 

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 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 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 is an archive manager designed for the GNOME desktop environment to create archives, view or extract files from archives, work as a front-end to the command-line archiver supporting various popular file formats.

 

Ark , a free and open source program designed for the KDE desktop environment to view, extract, create and modify archives in various formats such as tar, gzip, bzip2, zip, rar and lha.

 

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 Copy Utility for Linux

UltraCopierUltraCopier 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)

 

Best Free File Encryption Utility for Linux

AES Crypt is a simple program that adds a context menu item in the file system context menu. There is no program window as you have for most programs.

You simply right-click the file you want to encrypt or decrypt in the file listing, select the AES Crypt item, and enter your password in a little dialog box. A new encrypted or decrypted version of the file is created. Since the original file is not purged, you would need to shred it with a secure erase utility." (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 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 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 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 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)

 

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)

 
 

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"... FossaMail is a free, open source, mail, news and chat client for Microsoft Windows and Linux (available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions) based on Mozilla Thunderbird. It is a re-build of Mozilla Thunderbird ESR (Extended Support Releases) that has been optimized and reconfigured by the same developer behind Pale Moon browser ...": http://www.fossamail.org/

Evo/Lution an installer that installs Arch Linux with no additions or alterations.

http://www.evolutionlinux.com/

Pterosaur gives you the full power of Vim and your vimrc in each Firefox text field: https://github.com/ardagnir/pterosaur#vim-info "... Ever wanted to easily preview what your markdown would look like exactly on Github? Ever wanted to do that from inside of a Terminal? Well this Gem is for you. Dead simple. Never get caught writing ugly markdown again ... Octodown uses the same parsers and CSS that Github uses for their markdown rendering. Github markdown styling looks beautiful, so it is Octodown's primary goal to reproduce it as faithfully as possible ...": https://github.com/ianks/octodown
"... SLURM is an open-source resource manager designed for Linux clusters of all sizes. It provides three key functions. First it allocates exclusive and/or non-exclusive access to resources (computer nodes) to users for some duration of time so they can perform work. Second, it provides a framework for starting, executing, and monitoring work (typically a parallel job) on a set of allocated nodes. Finally, it arbitrates contention for resources by managing a queue of pending work ...": https://computing.llnl.gov/linux/slurm/
OptiPNG is a PNG optimizer that recompresses image files to a smaller size, without losing any information: http://optipng.sourceforge.net/
"... The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs, but also manages Xen and LXC (linux containers). It presents a summary view of running domains, their live performance & resource utilization statistics. Wizards enable the creation of new domains, and configuration & adjustment of a domain’s resource allocation & virtual hardware. An embedded VNC and SPICE client viewer presents a full graphical console to the guest domain ...": http://virt-manager.org/
"... Mibibli's Quest - It's been called "Mega Man + Space Funeral," and that's probably as good of a description as anything I could come up with. It includes over 20 painstakingly-made levels each with their own themes, enemies, bosses, and gimmicks ... but it's a Flash game so if you're on Linux then you can download either non-Linux package and just open the .swf file using Flash Player ...": http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/mibibli-s-quest/45676/
"... TMSU is a tool for tagging your files. It provides a simple command-line tool for applying tags and a virtual filesystem so that you can get a tag-based view of your files from within any other program. TMSU does not alter your files in any way: they remain unchanged on disk, or on the network, wherever you put them. TMSU maintains its own database and you simply gain an additional view, which you can mount, based upon the tags you set up. The only commitment required is your time and there's absolutely no lock-in ...": http://tmsu.org/
lighthouse - a scriptable popup dialog: https://github.com/emgram769/lighthouse
"... Gotalk exists to make it easy for programs to talk with one another over the internet, like a web app coordinating with a web server, or a bunch of programs dividing work amongst eachother ...": https://github.com/rsms/gotalk
SWATd lets you configure 'sensors' that check your PC's external environment. When enough sensors 'fail', SWATd will run a script for you: https://github.com/defuse/swatd
"... libguestfs is a set of tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images. You can use this for viewing and editing files inside guests, scripting changes to VMs, monitoring disk used/free statistics, creating guests, P2V, V2V, performing backups, cloning VMs, building VMs, formatting disks, resizing disks, and much more ... libguestfs can access almost any disk image imaginable. It can do it securely — without needing root and with multiple layers of defence against rogue disk images. It can access disk images on remote machines or on CDs/USB sticks. It can access proprietary systems like VMware and Hyper-V ...": http://libguestfs.org/
"... Pygments - a generic syntax highlighter suitable for use in code hosting, forums, wikis or other applications that need to prettify source code ...": http://pygments.org/
"... Naut - Is there life on Mars? Wander around, drive through the desert, hear what the cosmos has to tell you ...": http://evilion.itch.io/naut
Rage is a video and audio player written with Enlightenment Foundation Libraries with some extra bells and whistles: https://www.enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/rage Navi-X is a "content aggregator" app that streams multimedia content on the internet from a public directory of user contributed links and site scrapers on to your TV, PC and mobile devices: https://code.google.com/p/navi-x/ wtftw - a tiling window manager written in Rust: https://github.com/Kintaro/wtftw UNTV is a cross platform DRM-free media platform for home theater computers: https://github.com/untv/untv Showtime is a media center primarily intended to be used directly on a TV: https://showtimemediacenter.com/projects/showtime KShutdown is a graphical shutdown utility: http://kshutdown.sourceforge.net/ Dolphin Folder Color - extension for Dolphin file manager that lets you change the coloring of your folders: http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Dolphin+Folder+Color?content=164008 Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce: http://gottcode.org/xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/ QMPlay2 Media Player: http://sourceforge.net/projects/zaps166/ budgie - a GNOME3.10 media player written in C: http://ikeydoherty.github.io/budgie/ Fresh Pepper Player is a a wrapper package which uses Google Chrome’s Pepper-based Flash plugin in Mozilla Firefox: https://github.com/i-rinat/freshplayerplugin freetuxtv - the goal of this project is to create a WebTV player, working on the Linux platform: https://code.google.com/p/freetuxtv/wiki/HomePage?wl=en ScriptCommunicator - send and receive data with several interfaces: http://sourceforge.net/projects/scriptcommunicator

I have used several serial terminals before. But ScriptCommunicator is the best I've ever used. Because of it's script interface it's extremly flexible and powerful.

"... I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z ...:" http://i-nex.linux.pl/about/ http://i-nex.linux.pl/install/

i-nex gives an impressive amount of hardware information displayed in an easy to read format.
I couldn't install the stable version on Mint 17.1 because of dependencies, but the daily version installed and ran well.

Thanks Panzer for the various suggestions. I-Nex has now been added to the list.
"... Drake is a simple-to-use, extensible, text-based data workflow tool that organizes command execution around data and its dependencies ...": https://github.com/Factual/drake blessed-contrib - build dashboards (or any other application) using ascii/ansi art and javascript: https://github.com/yaronn/blessed-contrib
"... bomi is a multimedia player formerly known as CMPlayer, which is aimed for easy usage but also provides various powerful features and convenience functions ...:" http://bomi-player.github.io/
CCExtractor - a tool that analyzes video files and produces independent subtitle files from the closed captions data: http://ccextractor.sourceforge.net/about-ccextractor.html
"... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...": http://foicica.com/textadept/ DavMail is a POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP gateway allowing users to use any mail client with Exchange, even from the internet through Outlook Web Access on any platform: http://davmail.sourceforge.net/ "... ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system, available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration and profiling of displays and RGB&CMYK printers ...:" http://argyllcms.com/ dispcalGUI is a graphical user interface developed for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS: http://dispcalgui.hoech.net/
Tried Textadept. It lacks some good features of Bluefish Editor though.
Bangarang Player: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Bangarang-52125.shtml Trojitá - a Qt IMAP e-mail client: http://sourceforge.net/projects/trojita/ Curlew is an open source graphical application built around the well known FFmpeg/avconv and Mencoder command-line video/audio conversion utilities to provide users with an easy-to-use video conversion tool: http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Curlew-95832.shtml

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